Volunteer crew at RNLI Blyth respond to reports of a windsurfer in distress
Whilst preparing to launch on exercise on Tuesday afternoon, HM Coastguard requested that RNLI Blyth B Class lifeboat to respond to reports of a windsurfer in difficulty a quarter of a mile off Seaton Sluice.
The volunteer crew proceeded to the area as requested and upon arrival at the scene carried out a search and spotted two surfers in the water. After establishing with the surfers that they were ok and that they hadn't seen anyone else in the water this was reported back to the Coastguard.
Further information was received from the informant that the crew were to head towards the meteorological mast and that if the crew followed that course then they should reach the potential casualty.
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