New volunteer Kevin bags his first rescue

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A newly-qualified volunteer helmsman at Blyth RNLI was thrown in at the deep end when he took charge of his first rescue.

Kevin Alsey was in charge of his first training exercise on Sunday when he was called to the assistance of an eight-metre fishing vessel, Tide Mark, which had run out of fuel approximately three-quarters-of-a-mile south of Blyth Harbour.

Kevin, who had only qualified as a helmsman the week before, quickly ended the training exercise and took the lifeboat to the scene.

The vessel was towed back to the harbour where it could be re-fuelled and then continue on its journey to the Tyne.

Kevin said: “The rescue went smoothly thanks to the skills of the crew I was with. My advice would always be to double check your fuel levels prior to heading out to sea.”