Date: Monday 28th September 2009
Wind: W 5-6
Sea state: Moderate
Time of launch: 1415hrs
Time of return: 1615hrs
Boats launched: ALB
Reason: Amble RNLI All-weather Lifeboat ‘The Four Boys’ was launched at the request of HM Coastguard to conduct a search following an emergency beacon activation.
The crew were paged at 2.15pm following reports received by HM Coastguard that an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) had begun transmitting a distress signal.
The EPIRB signal was apparently coming from just outside Amble harbour and once on scene, the Lifeboat conducted a sector search. The search was conducted over a 3 mile radius from the originating point of the beacon. In these situations, the Lifeboat uses the latest technology ‘DF’ (direction finding) equipment to home in on the distress signal. In addition to this, a full radar search is also conducted. Neither of these electronic searches revealed anything untoward. A constant visual sweep of the area by the crew confirmed this to be the case also, As a result, when the Coastguard was satisfied that there appeared to be no-one in danger, the Lifeboat was eventually stood down and returned to Amble where she was refuelled and made ready for service again.
The call has been recorded as a false alarm with good intent.