Archive for July, 2010

Saturday 17th July 2010

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Date: Saturday 17th July 2010

Wind: W 2-3
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Slight
Time of launch: 1930hrs
Time of return: 2035hrs

Boats launched: ILB (twice)

Reason: The volunteer crew members were paged at 1930hrs and launched the fast-response ILB to the report of persons in the water between Amble Yacht Club and the North Pier. Once on scene it was apparent the 3 casualties had managed to get themselves ashore with the assistance of members of the public.

Whilst ensuring the casualties needed no further assistance and putting them in the care of Amble Coastguard, the ILB was re-tasked to the ice plant area of the harbour where a further 3 persons were reported to be in difficulty in the water. Again, once on scene it was found that the father and two children had swam across from the North side and needed no help. Call was put down to a false alarm with good intent.

Amble ILB then returned to station where she was refuelled and made ready for service.

Saturday 3rd July 2010

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Date: Saturday 3rd July 2010

Wind: W 2-3
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Slight
Time of launch: 1240hrs
Time of return: 1345hrs

Boats launched: ILB

Reason: The volunteer crew members were paged at 1237hrs and launched the fast-response ILB to the reported position of a person on a body board in the water just east of Warkworth Golf club, unable to make it back to the shore. Upon arrival at the scene, the ILB crew rescued the person from the water and after assessment for injury, the ILB took the casualty to the safety of the shore, where he was handed over to awaiting Paramedics where he was treat for the effects of being in cold water. The ILB then proceeded back to station and was then re-fuelled and made ready for service again by the crew

Thursday 1st July 2010

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Date: Thursday 1st July 2010

Wind: SE 2-3
Visibility: Good
Sea state: 1m swell
Time of launch: 1040hrs
Time of return: 1210hrs

Boats launched: ILB

Reason: The volunteer crew members were paged at 10.40 and launched the fast-response ILB to the reported position of a person in the water just east of Alnmouth Golf club. Upon arrival at the scene, the ILB crew rescued the person from the capsized dinghy which was a 10ft ‘Laser’ type piloted by a local man from Alnham. After assessment for injury, the ILB then took both the skipper and the vessel back to the safety of the shore. The casualty was then handed over to Boulmer Coastguard who carried out further assessment and discussions with the skipper.

Saturday 26th June 2010

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Date: Saturday 26th June 2010

Wind: SE 2
Visibility: Good
Sea state: 1m swell
Time of launch: 1630hrs
Time of return: 1800hrs

Boats launched: ILB

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Reason: The volunteer crew members of Amble RNLI Station were paged at 16.34 on Saturday and the request from HM Coastguard was to initially launch both boats. However, on receiving further information about the casualty, it was decided that rather than deploy both boats at this busy time, the ILB was more than capable of towing a small vessel such as a RIB back to safety. Therefore, the All-weather Lifeboat (ALB) ‘The Four Boys’ and her crew remained on standby should their services be needed to assist the ILB on this particular rescue.

The ILB quickly located the casualty near Bondicarr rocks just south of Amble, and discovered she was a 5.5 metre long RIB ‘Sweet Pea’ with two persons on board who were cold and wet upon arrival, but otherwise safe and well. Their main engine had failed and their small backup engine was incapable of overcoming the sea conditions and the strength of the local current.

Once it became apparent that the crew of Sweet Pea were not in immediate danger and that the mechanical failure could not be remedied at the scene, the ILB Helmsman decided that the best course of action would be to tow Sweet Pea back to the safety of Amble Marina.
The ILB then proceeded to tow Sweet Pea back to the safety of Amble slipway and was then re-fuelled and made ready for service again by the crew.