Date: Saturday 6th September 2008
Wind: ENE 2-3
Sea state: Rough
Time of launch: 1830hrs
Time of return: 0200hrs (Sunday)
Boats launched: X-Boat
Reason: The Environment Agency, working with Northumbria Fire Brigade, requested assistance from the RNLI to assist with mass evacuations in the Morpeth area that had been hit badly by floods. Three crew members, along with the Deputy Divisional Engineer (North) left Amble with the stations’ X-Boat, to meet up in Morpeth with crews from Blyth, Newbiggin and Redcar. Blyth ILB as well as two RNLI Arancias and a Training D-Class had also been transported to Morpeth.
Under direction from the Training Divisional Inspector (North), who was in the command centre with the Fire Brigade, RNLI teams were tasked to assist with evacuating residents, as well as ferrying service engineers (gas and electric) to affected areas.
With all homes affected having been evacuated and the flood waters receeding, the RNLI crews were released to return home at 0200hrs, but were told to expect a call to return if conditions worsened again. Amble crew returned back to station at 0245hrs.