View as PDF

Blyth RNLI assist vessel back to Seaton Sluice Harbour

Lifeboats News Release

On Tuesday 18 October at 4.50pm Volunteer crew members from Blyth RNLI responded to their pagers to a request from HM Coastguard to assist a stricken vessel.

Both the Atlantic 75 and D class lifeboats at the Station were launched to head to the Wendy G and the vessel was reached within 15 minutes. 
It was found that a net had fouled Wendy G's propeller and that a request was made to have the Atlantic 75 tow the vessel back to the Seaton Sluice Harbour.
The crew of the D Class lifeboat were stood down as their assistance was no longer required due to the high tide at Seaton Sluice and arrived back at the lifeboat station at 5.25pm.
It took the Atlantic 75 volunteer crew 25 minutes to tow Wendy G back to the harbour and once safely tied up alongside the crew arrived back at the station at 5.55pm and made ready for service.
RNLI Media contacts
For more information please contact Robin Palmer, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on: 07801 290638.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland