Archive for September, 2009

Monday 28th September 2009

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Date: Monday 28th September 2009

Wind: W 5-6
Visibility: Good
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.

Saturday 12th September 2009

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Date: Saturday 12th September 2009

Wind: W 1-2
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Slight
Time of launch: 12358hrs
Time of return: 1358hrs

Boats launched: ALB

Reason: Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Amble Lifeboat after a yacht reported machinery failure 2 miles South of Coquet Island. Once on scene, it was apparent the yacht’s engine had broken down and with very little wind to sail, they would need a tow back to Amble. A tow was established and the yacht towed to Amble Marina, with the yacht safely alongside in Amble Marina, Amble Lifeboat returned to station where she was re-fuelled and made ready for service

Thursday 3rd September 2009

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Date: Thursday 3rd September 2009

Wind: W 5
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Mod
Time of launch: 1233hrs
Time of return: 1330hrs

Boats launched: ALB + ILB

Reason: Humber Coastguard requested the immediate launch of both Amble Lifeboat and Amble ILB after reports were recieved of red flares sighted South of Amble. With both boats launching quickly, a search was carried out from the harbour, South, and they located a cabin cruiser south of Coquet Island that had suffered machinery failure and was drifting quickly with the offshore winds. A crewman from the ILB was put onto the casualty vessel and a tow was established with the ALB. Amble Lifeboat then towed the vessel back to Amble Marina where it was secured alongside a pontoon, before the Lifeboat and ILB returned to station where they were re-fuelled and made ready for service.