Archive for June, 2009

Wednesday 10th June 2009

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Date: Wednesday 10th June 2009

Wind: NE 2-3
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Slight
Time of launch: 1900hrs
Time of return: 1945hrs

Boats launched: ILB

Reason: Humber Coastguard requested the immediate launch of Amble ILB after they received reports of a small powerboat, in difficulty, South of Hauxley Head. Upon arrival on scene, the ILB crew found the vessel had managed to make it to the safety of the shore, and with the local Coastguard in attendance on the beach, the ILB returned to station where she was re-fuelled and made ready for service.

Monday 1st June 2009

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Date: Monday 1st June 2009

Wind: Nil
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Slight
Time of launch: 1100hrs
Time of return: 1215hrs

Boats launched: ALB + ILB


Reason: The crew were paged at 11.00am to alert them that they were required immediately to go to the assistance of a local tourist-trip vessel ‘SHOCKWAVE’ which runs tourist trips to see the birds and seals on nearby Coquet Island. The Skipper and his mate were making a routine trip to the island with a party of 12 sight-seers and enjoying the sunny morning when she became caught up in ropes attached to lobster pots on the west side of Coquet Island. This resulted in Shockwave losing both propulsion and steering abilities. Fortunately, the sea and wind conditions were ideal and she remained static, but close to the rocks on the island.

Once on scene to assist Shockwave, it became apparent that she could not be untied from the ropes and the only option was for the crew of the D-class lifeboat to cut her free in order to release her. Once she was untangled, it was important for the safety of all to quickly get a tow-line attached to the larger lifeboat and take the vessel in tow back to the safety of Amble Harbour where she was secured alongside the quay.