All in a day's work for the volunteer crew at Blyth RNLI
There was no time for exercise training for the volunteer crew today as while both lifeboats had launched to undertake routine crew training, events meant that plans were going to change.
This subsequently turned out to be steam that had burnt one of the crew on board the boat and they radioed for emergency assistance.
This led to both Blyth inshore lifeboats being requested by the Coastguard to attend and provide assistance.
Whilst medical assistance was being provided the second of Blyth's Lifeboats arrived on scene and it was decided that they would take the injured crew member back to Blyth Lifeboat Station where it was requested an ambulance would be waiting.
It was also discovered that there was a second vessel that had mechanical difficulties and another boat in the area towed that boat also back into Blyth harbour whilst being escorted by the D class lifeboat.
Once the stricken vessels were safely tied up alongside both of Blyth's Lifeboats returned to the station and made ready for the next service call.
This came sooner than expected as no sooner had the last of the crew left the lifeboat station then they were responding to their pagers and to launch the D Class lifeboat to a report of persons in trouble in an inflatable dinghy in the Blyth bay area.
As the lifeboat with three volunteer crewman on board proceeded up the River Blyth towards the harbour entrance they were stood down by the coastguard as the persons had been recovered safely to the beach and their assistance was no longer required.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.