Sea state: Moderate
Time of launch: 1715 hrs
Time of return: 1840hrs
Boats launched: ALB (twice) and ILB (twice)
Reason: Both lifeboats were launched to assist the pleasure boat “Saphire” which had suffered engine failure and was now at anchor, and in danger, in the breaking waves at the entrance to the river at Alnmouth. Being in very shallow water, the ILB was used to pass the tow to the casualty vessel and assist in recovering the casualty vessels’ anchor. Amble ALB then took up the tow back to Amble with the ILB escorting both boats.
Whilst heading to Amble the ILB was tasked to search an area just South of Amble after a member of the public reported a suspicious object in the water. After making the “Saphire” secure inside Amble Harbour, the ALB re-launched to assist with the search alongside the ILB. After serching the area with nothing found and after consultation with local Coastguards who were speaking with the first infomant all units were stood down after being declared a false alarm with good intent.