Archive for February, 2011

Sunday 27th February 2011

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Date: Sunday 27th February 2011

Wind: W 2
Visibility: Good – Initially dark
Sea state: Calm
Time of launch: 0544hrs
Time of return: 0715hrs

Boats launched: ALB + ILB


Reason: Reason: At 05.44 hrs, Humber Coastguard requested the immediate launch of
the Amble All-weather lifeboat and the Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) when they received notification that a local fishing vessel “Orcadian Mist” with two persons on board had drifted onto rocks nearby.

Both boats were launched and went to the immediate assistance of the vessel which
had ran aground on Kinch Rocks at the South-West corner of Coquet Island. Upon
arrival at the scene, another local fishing vessel “Bold Endeavour” was standing by
to provide assistance and had a rope ready for Orcadian Mist should it have been

It was established that Orcadian Mist had become fouled on underwater fishing ropes
and as such, had lost propulsion which had caused her to drift onto Kinch Rocks
where she remained stuck. Using the ILB, Amble Lifeboat transferred a tow rope
across to the stricken vessel and once the tow was secured, gradually released her
from the rocks with the assistance of the incoming tide to prevent any damage to
the hull of the vessel. After she was clear of the rocks, she was then towed back to
Amble harbour and back to her home berth where she was tied up and made secure
ready for repairs to the fouled propulsion problem. Both RNLI Lifeboats then returned
to station and were re-fuelled and made ready for service again.

The Amble RNLI Coxswain for this rescue John Wingfield went on to say “It was
fortunate today that we had a calm sea for this incident. Had the conditions been
worse, this job would have been very different at that corner of the island which
is known to be rocky and shallow. Fortunately, the weather was on our side and
that helped us make a safe and simple extraction from any potential danger. As
always, the intensive training our crews undertake ensured that things went nice and
smoothly and we were glad to be of assistance”

Thursday 24th February 2011

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Date: Thursday 24th February 2011

Wind: W 3
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Calm (Inside Harbour)
Time of launch: 2230hrs
Time of return: 2250hrs

Boats launched: ALB + ILB

Reason: Humber Coastguard requested the ‘immediate’ launch of the Lifeboats at Amble after receiving reports of a person in the water, in Amble Harbour. Just as the Lifeboats were in the process or launching, the launch was cancelled as the person had managed to get themselves to safety. However, after being in the water for sometime, an ambulance was requested and the casualty was taken to hospital suffering from severe hypothermia.

MCA Press Release

Friday 4th February 2011

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Date: Friday 4th February 2011

Wind: W 9/10
Visibility: Mod
Sea state: Rough
Time of launch: 1930hrs
Time of return: 2130hrs

Boats launched: ALB

The weekend got off to a busy start on Friday evening (4 February) for the volunteer crew of Amble RNLI all-weather lifeboat The Four Boys when they were paged to go to the assistance of a catamaran suffering from engine trouble approximately 2.5 miles out at sea off Amble harbour. The severe winds on Friday evening, which were gusting at 64 knots, and lack of visibility as a result of the spray from the sea and the darkness meant that the crew were launching under very difficult conditions.

At 8.06pm, Humber Coastguard requested the immediate launch of the Amble all-weather lifeboat when they received a radio message from a 16.5m catamaran, which was heading south down the east coast with two people onboard. The catamaran had developed a mechanical fault on one of her two engines, which meant the skipper only had half the power and manoeuvrability.

Due to the worsening weather conditions, the skipper had decided to make for the safety of Amble harbour but, with reduced power and increasing storm conditions, he requested the assistance of Amble lifeboat to escort him in and remain on standby in case a situation developed. The catamaran was eventually returned to the safety of Amble harbour with the lifeboat and was made secure alongside.

The Amble RNLI Coxswain for this rescue, John Wingfield, said: ‘We knew the conditions for this job were difficult to say the least. However, thanks to the generous support of the public in supporting the RNLI, our crews are trained and equipped to deal with severe conditions and rescues such as this. The skipper of the catamaran did exactly the right thing in making sure that his boat and crew were kept safe by calling us to his assistance in the difficult set of circumstances he faced. We were only too happy to help ensure all remained well.’

The lifeboat returned to station at 9.30pm where it was washed down and made ready for service.