A busy week for Amble RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew
Following a request for assistance from Humber coastguard, Amble RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Elizabeth and Leonard launched in fine conditions on Wednesday 25 July at 3.55pm to assist a boat that was having severe problems outside of Amble harbour.
The 10 metre boat with one person on board was found to be sinking ½ mile south east of the harbour entrance.
Before the lifeboat could consider a tow, its high capacity salvage pump had to be used to reduce the water level inside the casualty vessel.
The casualty was eventually towed to Amble boat club and beached.
Coxswain David Bell said: ‘If we had been a couple of minutes later we would have been too late.’
Humber Coastguard further requested lifeboat assistance from Amble RNLI at 12pm on Thursday 26 July to assist an eight metre pleasure craft experiencing mechanical difficulties south side of Coquet Island.
Amble RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Elizabeth and Leonard responded and met the casualty south side of the Brigg area with three people plus a dog on board. A tow was rigged and the vessel towed into Amble Marina.
The charity received another call for assistance later in the day at 4.30pm from Humber Coastguard. This time the all-weather lifeboat was launched to a 14ft boat with four people on board. The boat had broken down 1/4 of a mile east of Hadstone beach, at the north end of Druridge bay.
As the lifeboat neared the casualty they had managed to work their way ashore so the operation was called off.
The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 5.35pm.
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