Sunday 26th January 2014

February 8th, 2014

Date: Sunday 26th January 2014

Wind: SSW 6-7
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Moderate / Rough
Time of launch: 1604hrs
Time of return: 2050hrs

Boats launched: ALB

Reason for lauch: Amble Lifeboat was requested to launch to the assistance of the Banff registered fishing vessel ‘REPLENISH’, who had reported suffering a fire on board 28 miles North East of Amble Harbour.

The crew of 6 on board the 300ton vessel had successfully extinguished the fire but were requesting an escort by Lifeboat to the River Tyne in case the fire reignited.

Amble Lifeboat met ‘REPLENISH’ 22 miles South South East of the Coquet Estuary and started to escorts the vessel South. When about 8 miles from the Tyne, the Tynemouth Lifeboat was launched to take over the escort for the last leg of the journey, allowing Amble Lifeboat to return back to station.

Monday 7th October 2013

October 13th, 2013

Date: Monday 7th October 2013

Wind: SSW 3-4
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Slight
Time of launch: 2300hrs
Time of return: 0100hrs

Boats launched: ALB + ILB

Reason: C/G requested Amble ALB and ILB launch after recieving reports of red flares to the North of Amble Harbour. The ALB was used to search offshore and out towards Coquet Island while the ILB concentrated on shoreline searches of the coastline and also close into Coquet Island. White parachute flares were used by the crews to illuminate the area but nothing was found. After being stood down by the CG, both boats returned to station where they were made ready for service.

Friday 6th September 2013

September 6th, 2013

Date: Friday 6th September 2013

Wind: NNE 6/7
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Rough
Time of launch: 1243hrs
Time of return: 1500hrs

Boats launched: ALB

Reason: C/G requested Amble ALB to assist the MFV PROVIDER who had broken down eight mile North of Amble due to a fresh water pump failure. On reaching the vessel a tow was passed and made fast, the vessel was towed back into Amble harbour and along side his mooring, once safe along side the ALB returned back to station refuelled and made ready for service.

Wednesday 31st July 2013

August 2nd, 2013

Date: Wednesday 31st July 2013

Wind: SE 2/3
Visibility: Mod
Sea state: Slight
Time of launch: 2040hrs
Time of return: 2200hrs

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Boats launched: ALB

Reason: Amble Lifeboat launched to the motor cruiser “WINKLE” who had reported a loss of power, two miles South of Amble. On reaching the casualty and after putting a crewman onboard to assist, it was decided to tow the vessel back into Amble Marina as the casualty was only managing three knots. The tow was rigged and the vessel towed back into Amble Marina and once safely along side, the lifeboat returned back to station.

Thursday 25th July 2013

July 29th, 2013

Date: Thursday 25th July 2013

Wind: SE 2/3
Visibility: Poor – foggy
Sea state: Slight
Time of launch: 0900hrs
Time of return: 0945hrs

Boats launched: ALB + ILB

Reason: Both Lifeboats launched to assist the fishing coble James & Amy who had reported being in difficulty at the North side of Amble Harbour. Arriving on scene, the casualty was found to be grounded on the sand after fouling the propeller in salmon nets, no attempt was made to try and refloat the vessel off as this would have caused damage with the state of the tide. The ILB stood by and helped to cut the nets from the propeller, they also put anchors out to stop the vessel from drifting further up the beach when the tide started to flow. The ALB returned back to station as nothing could be done.
The ILB followed shortly after, when the tide flowed the casualty refloated and continued with their fishing.

Wednesday 24th July 2013

July 25th, 2013

Date: Wednesday 24th July 2013

Wind: SE 2/3
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Slight
Time of launch: 1530hrs
Time of return: 1615hrs

Boats launched: ALB + ILB

Reason: The Lifeboats from Amble were requested to launch after a 26ft boat, with 3 P.O.B, reported machinery failure by the South Pier at Amble and was being pushed towards the cliffs by the tide. The ILB was first on scene and managed to help the vessel set an anchor to stop further drifting, soon after the ALB arrived on scene where upon a tow was attached and the vessel towed to Amble Marina. Both Lifeboats then returned to station and made ready for service.

Friday 19th July 2013

July 19th, 2013

Date: Friday 19th July 2013

Wind: N 2/3
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Slight
Time of launch: 1706hrs
Time of return: 1750hrs

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Boats launched: ALB + ILB

Reason: For the second time today, Amble Lifeboat was called into action after a 16ft boat reported mechanical failure, approximately 1/2 mile north of the harbour, with 2 POB. Once on scene the Lifeboat attached a tow line and proceeded back to Amble. Once inside the harbour the casualty was put alongside a fishing vessel while the ALB returned to station and the crew launched the ILB to tow the vessel into the marina to his berth where he could assess what the problem was.

Friday 19th July 2013

July 19th, 2013

Date: Friday 19th July 2013

Wind: N 2/3
Visibility: Poor – Foggy
Sea state: Slight
Time of launch: 0830hrs
Time of return: 0955hrs

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Boats launched: ALB

Reason: Amble Lifeboat was launched after the 7 Metre motor cruiser ‘Wave Dancer’ reported they had got wound up on pot tows, with a lot of rope round his prop stalling his engine, 4.6 miles NNE of the harbour. Once on scene the ALB passed a tow and started to tow the vessel back to Amble, on route back the casualty asked to be taken to the boatyards pontoon so he could be lifted out to assess the situation. Nearing the harbour 1 crewman was put aboard to help get the casualty alongside and make ropes fast when they got to the yard. As the ALB returned to station after mooring the casualty at the boatyard he was lifted out and untangled checked over and then launched with no further problems.

Friday 12th July 2013

July 19th, 2013

Date: Friday 12th July 2013

Wind: SW 2
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Slight
Time of launch: 1659hrs
Time of return: 1800hrs

Boats launched: ILB

Reason: The Amble D class inshore lifeboat Mildred Holcroft was called out today in order
to provide assistance to a boat just outside Amble Harbour that had suffered
mechanical failure.
The volunteer crew members were paged at 16.59 hrs by H M Coastguard when
a report was received that a small leisure boat had broken down just outside the
harbour and was without steering or propulsion. The Mildred Holcroft was launched
immediately as there are potentially dangerous rocks in the area and it is possible a
drifting boat could be forced onto them.
The ILB was on scene with the casualty vessel in 4 minutes and once there, the
situation was assessed by the volunteer crewmembers and the ILB Helmsman
decided to remove a heavily pregnant woman and two small children from the
potentially stressful situation as an obvious precaution.
The three individuals were then taken on the short trip back to Amble Lifeboat Station
whilst the Skipper remained with the broken-down vessel as there was no immediate
danger to the vessel during the time taken to return to base with the 3 passengers.
Once the woman and children were handed over to other crewmembers, the ILB
swiftly returned to the 8ft dinghy and rigged up a towline to transport it back to Amble
Marina where it was made safe and handed over to await inspection and repair.

Saturday 6th July 2013

July 7th, 2013

Date: Saturday 6th July 2013

Wind: SW 3
Visibility: Good
Sea state: Slight
Time of launch: 1405hrs
Time of return: 1505hrs

Boats launched: ALB & ILB

Reason: Both Amble All-weather lifeboat The Four Boys and the D class Inshore Lifeboat Mildred Holcroft were launched today in response to a yacht requesting assistance with a medical emergency.

The volunteer crew members were paged at 14.05 hrs by H M Coastguard when it became known that a 20-foot yacht ‘GrowlTiger’ reported that a male member of the crew had collapsed and become unconscious. Both boats were launched and they met the casualty vessel as she returned to Amble Harbour. Crew members were transferred to the yacht to give first-aid to a male passenger who was suffering from a diabetes attack whilst the lifeboat escorted the vessel swiftly back to Amble Marina.

Once safely returned to Amble Marina, the Inshore lifeboat returned to Amble Lifeboat Station and transported a visiting doctor over to the casualty at the Marina berth. First-aid continued at the berth until the arrival of the ambulance to transport the gentleman to hospital.
Once the casualty handover was complete, both boats returned to station and were re-fuelled and made ready for the next service again.