Saturday, 10 August 2013

RNLI at Blyth saves a boat named Misty

Warning following latest sea rescue in Blyth Harbour
9 Aug 2013 Evening Chronicle

A boat named Misty got into difficulties yesterday afternoon at Blyth Harbour in Northumberland when it is believed to have suffered engine failure

Blyth's RNLI lifeboat rescuing a stricken boat at Blyth Harbour after it suffered engine failure
These pictures show a stricken boat being towed to safety after it began drifting towards a pier.
The vessel, named Misty, got into difficulties yesterday afternoon at Blyth Harbour in Northumberland when it is believed to have suffered engine failure.
But an onshore wind meant Misty was being blown towards the pier wall.
Blyth's RNLI lifeboat rescuing a stricken boat at Blyth Harbour after it suffered engine failure
The volunteer crew of Blyth’s RNLI inshore lifeboat were requested to launch by Humber Coastguard shortly after 4.15pm to go to the aid of the boat and its crew.
Steven Fitch, one of the crew on board the RNLI lifeboat, said they could see the stranded boat from the station and were able to quickly get alongside to carry out the rescue operation.
He said: “We could actually see the boat just at the harbour entrance from the station so we launched the lifeboat and proceeded up to it and we diagnosed it as engine failure.
“He was getting blown slowly towards the pier because there was a bit of an onshore wind.” The lifeboat crew were quick to assist Misty and a tow was rigged and the lifeboat headed up river with the stricken vessel being pulled behind until the secured it at the Blyth Boating Association moorings.
Blyth's RNLI lifeboat rescuing a stricken boat at Blyth Harbour after it suffered engine failure
After the Misty was safely moored up on its berth the lifeboat then returned to station, was re-fuelled, and ready for the next service call by 5.30pm.
The RNLI sees a substantial increase in call outs during the summer months as more people take to the waters in their boats.
Steven added: “Some people call it silly season but there are more calls at this time of year and that’s across the whole of the RNLI, not just here.
“During the summer it can sometimes be every other day that we get a call.
“In January we only had a couple and we’ve had hardly any since then until about a month ago.”
Blyth's RNLI lifeboat rescuing a stricken boat at Blyth Harbour after it suffered engine failure
The lifeboat at Blyth RNLI station was launched just twice in January and it wasn’t until early May that they were requested to launch again.
Since then they have been called to assist in four incidents.

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