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RNLI Blyth new D Class launches on first service call

Lifeboats News Release

The newly delivered D class inshore lifeboat at RNLI Blyth was launched today after volunteer crew were paged at 1.58pm

RNLI/Robin Palmer

Sally Forth returning from service call
Three volunteer crew were onboard Sally Forth as they were tasked to reports of a yacht aground the rocks known as The Sow and The Pigs.
Arriving on scene the yacht had managed to re-float and it was decided that the inshore lifeboat would escort the yacht back to South Harbour in the Port of Blyth in case the yacht had sustained any damage.
The yacht was met by the local Blyth Coastguard unit at South Harbour.
The launch of Sally Forth wasn't the only first today as it was also the first shout for one of the volunteer crew on board.
Volunteer crew Trevor Painting said: 'It was good to respond to my first shout today and put my training to date to good use. I'm glad we were able to escort the yacht and the one person on board safely back to South Harbour. For it to be our inshore lifeboat's first launch on service made today all the more memorable.'

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For more information please telephone Robin Palmer, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07801 290638 or [email protected] or Clare Hopps, Regional Media Officer (North and East) on 07824 518641 or [email protected] contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

RNLI/Robin Palmer

Sally Forth arriving back at Blyth Lifeboat Station

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