Archive for June, 2011

Saturday 18th June 2011

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Date: Saturday 18th June 2011

Wind: Light – Variable
Visibility: Good (rain showers)
Sea state: 1m swell
Time of launch: 1900hrs
Time of return: 2030hrs

Boats launched: ALB


Reason: Amble Lifeboat was requested to launch by Humber Coastguard, after the motor sailing vessel BIANCA D reported mechanical failure 4.2 miles North of Amble, and with very light winds was unable to sail to harbour.

The Lifeboat launched soon after the crew were paged and were quickly on scene. As there was only one person aboard the casualty vessel, one of the Lifeboat crew was put on board to help rig the tow. A tow was established and the vessel was towed back to Amble Marina.

Sunday 12th June 2011

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Date: Sunday 12th June 2011

Wind: SE Force 5 and rising
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Moderate
Time of launch: 19.10
Time of return: 20.30

Boats launched: ALB & ILB


Reason: Both of Amble’s RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch last night by HM Coastguard after the 100 year old Dutch Clipper De Tukker miscalculated the tide and grounded at the harbour entrance. She had tried to enter the harbour at low tide and immediately came to rest on the sandbank at the harbour entrance.

The volunteer crewmembers were paged at 19.05 hrs and immediately launched the All-weather Lifeboat The Four Boys and the fast-response Inshore Lifeboat Mildred Holcroft to the scene.
Due to the considerable size of the vessel which created a significant obstacle and the rising SE wind which would create a swell, it was decided to tow De Tukker off the sandbank and out to deeper and safer water until the tide had risen and she could re-enter the harbour safely.

Mildred Holcroft was used to pass a tow rope across to De Tukker from The Four Boys and the extraction began. All the while, the crews had to be mindful of how close she was to the north wall of the harbour in case she suddenly swung around on her anchor.

The Four Boys then used her considerable towing power to pull De Tukker around in an arc until she was correctly placed for a full power extraction from the sandbank. Once this was safely achieved and it was confirmed that there was no water ingress, she was guided out to deeper water to wait out the tide and advised not to re-attempt the harbour entrance until at least 21.30 hrs that evening.

RNLI Coxswain John Connell went on to say “This was a large and heavy vessel and we were conscious of the rising gale forecast from the south-east which would have made things difficult an hour or two later so the safest option was to take her out of potential danger. Our volunteer crewmembers used their experience, training and knowledge of local waters to ensure this was carried out safely and smoothly”.

Wednesday 1st June 2011

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Date: Wednesday 1st June 2011

Wind: SW Force 4-5
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Slight
Time of launch: 16.40
Time of return: 17.30

Boats launched: ALB & ILB


Reason: Both of Amble’s RNLI lifeboats were launched to a Mayday call received from a local sight-seeing vessel Shokwave which had ran aground on rocks at Coquet Island during one of her regular seabird and marine life tours. The vessel had nine persons including children on board as well as the Skipper. Ironically, it was 2 years to the exact day that a similar incident took place with Shokwave in the same location.

The crew were paged at 16.34 hrs by HM Coastguard who had received a Mayday call from the vessel stating that she had ran aground on the rocks and was unable to move or steer. HM Coastguard then requested the immediate launch of both the Amble All-weather lifeboat The Four Boys as well as the D class Inshore lifeboat Mildred Holcroft.

Mildred Holcroft was first on the scene within just a few minutes and after ensuring that no-one was injured, placed a crewman on board to rig a towline as the tide was falling and the longer the delay, the more difficult the extraction would be. During this time, checks were also made to ensure there was no water ingress.

Once the tow line was made secure, Mildred Holcroft then pulled Shokwave clear of the area and towed her out to deeper water where the tow was then transferred across to The Four Boys. From there, she was towed home into the service berth at Amble Boatyard where the passengers were disembarked and she could be lifted out for a hull inspection for any damage caused by the grounding.