Fishing pair rescued as engine fails

Lifeboat crew had to manhandle their craft up a river after being called out to a man in distress on a railway bridge.

The volunteer crew at Blyth’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was called out just before 8.15pm on Monday, June 9, to help police with the man on the bridge over the River Blyth.

As the crew were only able to get part-way up the river due to tidal conditions, the three-men crew manhandled the boat, while knowing the tide was rising.

But as they made their way towards the scene they were stood down as police had resolved the incident.

The previous day, as crew were marking the one-year anniversary of moving into their new £700,000 lifeboat station and with a new crewman on board, the lifeboat was called to help two people on a broken-down fishing coble.

The fishing coble Bobby suffered mechanical failure in Cambois Bay just after 12.30pm.

On arrival, crew checked the two fishermen on-board the vessel were safe and a tow was rigged and the lifeboat proceeded up river to the Blyth Boating Association moorings.

Crew member Adam Pickering, who was out on his first call with the lifeboat, said: “It was good to see that all of the training I have been doing over the last few months could actually be put to use and I’m glad I was able to play my part and help out.”