Lifeboat volunteers called out four times in 24 hours

Volunteers at the Newbiggin lifeboat station have had a busy period of rescue call-outs, which began early yesterday afternoon.

Friday, 27th July 2018, 11:45 am
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The first call came in from the Coastguard Operation Centre at Humber following a request for assistance from a Newbiggin fishing boat.

The lifeboat was quickly launched and located the casualty vessel in Cambois Bay. A tow was set up and the boat was towed back to Newbiggin.

A few hours later, there was a call in relation to a pleasure angling boat that had broken down and needed a tow back to its River Wansbeck mooring.

With that call completed, a further call came in for another broken down vessel, which was towed into Blyth harbour.

The Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team rendezvoused with the lifeboat at the harbour, giving assistance and offering safety advice to the casualty vessel crew.

The fourth call came in just after 4am this morning following reports of a missing person.

The Coastguard Operation Centre at Humber had received a call regarding a missing person, who it was thought could be in the sea in the Sandy Bay area.

Lifeboat crews from Newbiggin and Blyth lifeboat stations launched while ashore, the Newbiggin and Blyth Coastguard Rescue teams began a shore search.

Shortly afterwards, the missing person was located by the Northumbria Police search team and the incident was closed.