Archive for August, 2008

Sunday 31st August 2008

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Date: Sunday 31st August 2008

Wind: SE 1-2
Visibility: Poor due to heavy rain
Sea state: Moderate
Time of launch: 1540hrs
Time of return: 1640hrs

Boats launched: ILB + ALB

Reason: Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Amble ILB, after they recieved a call from a local fisherman, stating he had rescued a dog from the sea approximately 3/4 mile SSE of Amble. He informed the Coastguard that the dog had a collar on stating it was tagged, so, concerned that the dog my have come from a vessel in difficulty, the ILB was requested to launch to go collect the dog and return it to shore where a vet could retrieve the owners details from the tag. With the misty conditions and extremely heavy rain reducing visibilty to 200m, Amble ALB was also launched to escort the ILB.
Just as the ILB reached the fishing boat and collected the dog, Amble Coastguard informed them that they had located a distressed lady on the beach who had lost her dog, matching the description of the one rescued from the sea, about 1hr earlier.
The ILB returned to station with the dog, where the Coastguard collected it to be checked over by a vet, before being re-united with its owner.
The ALB and ILB were then made ready for service.

Tuesday 19th August 2008

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Date: Tuesday 19th August 2008

Wind: SE 3-4
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Moderate
Time of launch: 1620hrs
Time of return: 1750hrs

Boats launched: ILB

Reason: Humber Coastguard requested the immediate launch of Amble ILB, after they recieved a report of a person threatening to harm themselves in the area between Cliffhouse and Hauxley Point. The ILB was on scene quickly and commenced a search close inshore with local Coastguard units assisting on the beach. Whilst searching, a member of the public reported to the Costguard that they had seen what they thought was a person in the water by Signal Cottage, so the ILB was sent to investigate along with Rescue SeaKing 131 from RAF Boulmer who had also joined the search. Nothing was found in the area but a seal was spotted swimmng close by and it was thought that this is what the person had seen. Soon after, local Coastguard units located the person who was thought to have entered the water, safe and well on dry land.
Just before all units were released, reports were coming in of 2 children possibly missing last seen going to buy buckets and spades for the beach. As details were being passed and a seach plan set up, the children were also found safe and well.
All units were then released and returned to station.

Sunday 10th August 2008

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

Date: Sunday 10th August 2008

Wind: SE 3-4
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Moderate
Time of launch: 1059hrs
Time of return: 1230hrs

Boats launched: ALB + ILB

Reason: Humber Coastguard requested the immediate launch of Amble Lifeboat and Amble ILB, after being contacted by a member of the public who reported a small yacht in difficulty, approximately 1 mile North East of Alnmouth. On-scene first, the ILB established the vessel was a small sailing dinghy, and the occupant had become very tired after having to right the vessel, several times after capsizing in the gusts of wind. During one of the capsizes, the rudder off the dinghy had been lost, so, after helping the occupant take down and stow the sails, a tow line was attached and the ILB headed for Alnmouth. With the weather deteriorating, the ALB escorted both vessels to the mouth of the river at Alnmouth, where the ILB took the dinghy in to the launching ramp and landed it, and the casualty to awaiting local Coastguards. The ALB and ILB then returned to station and were made ready for service.

Thursday 7th August 2008

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Date: Thursday 7th August 2008

Wind: NW 4
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Moderate
Time of launch: 0845hrs
Time of return: 0930hrs

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Boats launched: ALB

Reason: Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Amble Lifeboat, after being contacted by the skipper of the local 10m fishing vessel ‘Annabel’, stating he had steering gear failure 1 mile North East of Amble. Once on scene, the Coxswain decided to put one of the Lifeboat crew on board the fishing vessel to assist the skipper as he did not have any crew. A tow line was attached and the vessel was towed into Amble Marina, after which, the Lifeboat returned to station and made ready for service.