New lifeboat a gift for rescuers

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BLYTH’S RNLI station has had a new lifeboat bought for it by one of the charity’s supporters.

The £39,000 bill for the new inshore lifeboat has been picked up by Alnwick doctor Patricia Kind.

Named the Alan and Amy in memory of Dr Kind’s parents, it replaces Blyth’s previous D-class lifeboat, the Jennie B, now at the end of its operational life after being used in 133 rescue missions in eight years of service.

Lifeboat station operations manager John Scott said: “The Alan and Amy is a newer version of our previous lifeboat, which has served us very well.

“Without donations like this, our charity would be unable to carry out its vital role.

“Everyone at Blyth RNLI lifeboat station is very grateful to Dr Kind for her generous gift.

“We are looking forward to welcoming her at one of our forthcoming training exercises so that she can see the lifeboat in action.”

Dr Kind, originally from London, has also done voluntary work at the RNLI’s Grace Darling Museum in Bamburgh.

She said: “I always visit lifeboat stations when I’m at the coast and am full of admiration for the RNLI’s volunteer crews and the work of the charity.

“I was very pleased to hear the lifeboat has arrived in Blyth and am very proud that a vessel bearing my parents’ names will be helping to save lives at sea off the Northumberland coast.”

The new lifeboat will be formally named later this year at a ceremony at the lifeboat station.