Archive for July, 2008

Wednesday July 30th 2008

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Date: Wednesday July 30th 2008

Wind: SE 2-3
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Moderate
Time of launch: 1650hrs
Time of return: 1730hrs (1705hrs ALB)

Boats launched: ALB + ILB

Reason: Humber Coastguard requested the immediate launch of both Amble Lifeboat and Amble ILB after receiving a 999 call from a member of the public, reporting a swimmer in difficulty in the Alnmouth area. Amble ILB launched within 3 MINUTES!, closely follwed by the ALB and they were joined soon after by Rescue Seaking 132 from RAF Boulmer.
Soon after the original call, Humber Coastguard received calls stating the swimmer had managed to get to the shore and was ok, not needing any medical attention. As such, Amble ALB and Rescue 132 were stood down, although the ILB still proceeded to the scene to double check everything was ok.
With a search of the shore and everything found to be ok, the ILB returned to station and made ready for service.

Saturday July 26th 2008

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Date: Saturday July 26th 2008

Wind: SE 1
Visibility: Poor
Sea state: Calm
Time of launch: 1245hrs
Time of return: 1355hrs

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Boats launched: ALB + ILB

Reason: Humber Coastguard requested the immediate launch of both Amble Lifeboat and Amble ILB after receiving a call from the skipper of the 24ft vessel ‘Pisces’ stating he had run aground on the rocks at Hauxley Head and there were 3 persons on board. As the visibility was very poor with thick fog, the ILB had to use its GPS to locate the casualty. Once on scene it was apparent that with the rapidly falling tide, the vessel was stuck on the rocks and wouldnt get off until the tide came back in later in the evening. The ILB helped set an anchor for the vessel to stop it drifting once the tide started to rise and the skipper and his crew were happy to wait on board until the tide came in again.
It was agreed between the Lifeboats, Coastguard and the vessels skipper that the Lifeboats would return once the ride had started to rise to help get the vessel into Amble safely.

Date: Saturday July 26th 2008

Wind: SE 1
Visibility: Poor
Sea state: Calm
Time of launch: 1830hrs
Time of return: 2000hrs

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Boats launched: ALB + ILB

Reason: Amble Lifeboat and Amble ILB launched to assist the vessel ‘Pisces’ as the tide was now rising and the vessel would start to float. Once on scene it was established that no damage had been done that would allow water into the vessel, the vessels engines were started and the ILB escorted the vessel out of the rocky area. Once in open water, the ALB took over escorting the casualty and the ILB followed both vessels back to Amble harbour.

Friday July 25th 2008

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Date: Friday July 25th 2008

Wind: NW 1
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Calm
Time of launch: 1820hrs
Time of return: 1845hrs

Boats launched: ALB + ILB

Reason: Humber Coastguard requested the immediate launch of both Amble Lifeboat and Amble ILB after receiving reports of two children cut off by the tide on an ‘out-fall’ pipe in the Cresswell area. Newbiggin Lifeboat had also been launched but had reported technical problems so it was decided to request that Amble lifeboats proceed to assist too. Just as the Amble Lifeboats were launching, Newbiggin Lifeboat reported that they were no longer experiencing problems and were just arriving on scene to assist the children. Amble Lifeboats were then stood down and made ready for service again.

Wednesday July 23rd 2008

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Date: Wednesday July 23rd 2008

Wind: NW 1
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Calm
Time of launch: 1530hrs
Time of return: 1645hrs

Boats launched: ILB

Reason: Humber Coastguard requested the immediate launch of Amble ILB after the 9.5m yach ‘Talisha’ reported having run aground whilst being towed into Amble by a local fishing coble. Once on scene an ILB crewman was put on board the yacht to help the skipper put out an anchor and wait on the tide to flow.
After speaking to the skipper it became apparent he had broken down the day before and lay at anchor in the bay all night trying to rectify the problem. The following afternoon, unable to start his engine, the skipper asked a local fisherman to tow him into Amble which is when he ran aground.
With the tide flowing and the yacht floating, the ILB attached a towline and the yacht was towed up the harbour and secured against the quay. The ILB then returned station and made ready for service.