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Sunday 31st January 2010

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Date: Sunday 31st January 2010

Wind: NW 6
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Rough
Time of launch: (re-tasked) 1327hrs
Time of return: 1530hrs

Boats launched: ALB

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Reason: Whilst returning from previous shout, Amble Lifeboat was requested to proceed the Druridge Bay area, approximately 6 miles South of Amble, where a member of the public reported seeing a dis-masted yacht. On reaching the scene, the yacht was found to the 72ft yacht “Polar Bear” with 5 P.O.B, that indeed did not have a mast as it had been taken off at the previous port, as the yacht was heading to Amble Boat Company to be lifted out for repairs. With the sea state at the harbour entrance, it was decided the Lifeboat would escort the yacht into Amble to ensure it arrived safely. Shortly after ensuring the yacht made it into the harbour, the Lifeboat also escorted a local fishing vessel into Amble follwed by a pleasure crusier… before finally returning to station, re-fuelled and made ready for service once again.

Sunday 31st January 2010

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Date: Sunday 31st January 2010

Wind: NW 6
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Rough
Time of launch: 1300hrs
Time of return: Amble ILB 1327hrs (Amble ALB re-tasked)

Boats launched: ALB + ILB

Reason: Humber Coastguard requested the immediate launch of Amble Lifeboat and Amble ILB, after initial information was received from a member of the public stating there were 6 persons in the water in the Alnmouth area. Also tasked were local Coastguard units, Police Helicopter India 99 and with no RAF Helicopter available, a Royal Navy Seaking from RNAS Gannet at Prestwick was requested. As units were proceeding further information came in that the casualties were not in the water but appeared to have been cut off by the tide and eventually had managed to get themselves to safety. With this confirmed, all units were stood down at 1327hrs to return to station, which Amble ILB did, but Amble Lifeboat was re-tasked to an incident to the South of Amble.

Wednesday 6th January 2010

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Date: Wednesday 6th January 2010

Wind: NE 5-6
Visibility: Poor (Blizzards)
Sea state: 3-4m swell
Time of launch: 1755hrs
Time of return: 2030hrs

Boats launched: ALB

Reason: The Lifeboat crew members were paged at 17.55hrs after receiving reports that Newbiggin Inshore Lifeboat requested assistance at an incident near the Sandy Bay caravan site
2 anglers had been fishing on the cliff top when a section one of the men was standing on, gave way. Unable to see if his friend had fallen in to the sea or had been covered by the landside, the angler left on the cliff immediately called the emergency services.
Newbiggin Lifeboat was launched to commence a search of the sea in the area of the landslide, but shortly after arriving on scene, they requested back up from the All Weather Lifeboat from Amble. Other units also sent to the scene included three Coastguard teams including a cliff rescue team, the local Fire Brigade and an Ambulance. There was no RAF, Air Ambulance, or Police helicopter available.
Making good speed despite the rough seas and poor visibilty due to blizzards, Amble Lifeboat was on scene, at the very limit of Amble’s area within 30 minutes. With searchlights rigged and a search plan being formulated with Newbiggin Lifeboat, word came through from the Coastguard cliff teams that the casualty had been located on the shore amongst the debris from the landslide and they were working with the fire brigade to extracate him.
With no persons in danger in the sea, both Amble and Newbiggin Lifeboats were then released to return to station. Heading diretcly into the weather, Amble Lifeboat returned to Amble some 55 mins later where she was refuelled and made ready for service.
(No details are known at present on the casualtys condition)

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