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RNLI Blyth comes to the assistance of a windsurfer in Blyth Bay

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew from RNLI Blyth were tasked to reports of a windsurfer that was struggling to make it back to Blyth beach

On Sunday 30th July , RNLI Blyth were out on exercise with both their B and D class inshore lifeboats.
They were then diverted from their exercise to come to the aid of a windsurfer that was South of the Piers at the entrance to the Port of Blyth.
Upon reaching the casualty the volunteer crew ascertained that they were not injured and were just unable to make it back to shore due to the strength of the wind.
The volunteer crew then brought the casualty on board the B Class inshore lifeboat together with their windsurfing equipment.
Having established where the casualty required to go the volunteer crew approached the beach at Blyth and safely led the casualty together with their equipment back to dry land.
For Olivia Marshall one of the new volunteer crew at RNLI Blyth it was her first shout she said; 'It's been an experience that I won't forget attending my first shout. This is why I joined the RNLI and I'm glad that I could use what I've learnt so far in my training to assist with the casualty.'
Helm Steven Fitch said; 'The wind had picked up and made conditions more challenging for those out on the water. We are glad that we were able to assist the casualty and that they were safe and well. Congratulations to Liv on her first shout.'

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B Class inshore lifeboat approaching the casualty

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