Reliability, Performance, Compliance


Stranded sailor sited thanks to flares


A sailor stranded and becalmed in the North Sea has been rescued by RNLI crew after firing flares.

One night late in April 2018, the volunteer crew from Blyth RNLI was asked to assist the yacht, which was travelling from Rosyth to Newcastle.

Both inshore lifeboats headed out to the wind turbines east of the Port of Blyth, but the 40ft yacht was not in the position first advised.

The sailor was asked to fire flares, which were spotted north of Newbiggin. The crew located the sailor, who asked them to help bring the yacht to a safe berth.

The B Class inshore lifeboat Vic & Billie Whiffen established a tow, while the D Class inshore lifeboat Alan & Amy returned to the lifeboat station at Blyth.

The yacht was taken to the South Harbour with assistance of Blyth Coastguard Rescue Team who also provided safety advice.

The image is courtesy of RNLI/Robin Palmer.

May 09, 2018