Near miss with cargo ship - VIDEO

A lifeboat crew is reminding people to respect the water after a man escaped with his life following a near miss with a cargo shop in the River Blyth.

The man, who was believed to be under the influence of alcohol narrowly avoided the 4,000 tonne cargo ship the ‘Karla C’ shortly after 3pm on Sunday.

The man swimming towards a ladder in the River Blyth. Photo by RNLI Blyth.

The man swimming towards a ladder in the River Blyth. Photo by RNLI Blyth.

Blyth’s inshore lifeboat with three volunteer crew on-board was requested to attend the scene approximately quarter of a mile from the lifeboat station as concern grew over the safety of the person in the water and what might happen if they were left swimming in a working harbour.

The male refused assistance from the lifeboat crew and he made his own way to a set of ladders and climbed out.

Blyth RNLI deputy launching Aauthority (DLA) Paul Raine said: “Iis it really worth risking your life going swimming in the cold water of a working harbour to save paying a few pounds to visit the local heated swimming pool?”

This call came at the end of a busy week for the RNLI’s volunteer crew at Blyth who as well as attending six call-outs also organised and ran the stations annual quayside family funday raising over £5,000 to allow them to keep saving lives at sea.