Busy weekend for lifeboats

Amble Lifeboat, with the Pleasure Boat Pride and Glory.
Amble Lifeboat, with the Pleasure Boat Pride and Glory.

AMBLE lifeboat crews had a busy start to the Easter holiday weekend, including a call-out to search for two missing children.

The youngsters had been reported missing while on a fishing trip at Lynemouth beach on Thursday, April 21, and at 8.45pm Humber Coastguard requested the assistance of both Amble lifeboats.

There was thick fog at the time, and although the inshore lifeboat was out on an exercise, the all-weather lifeboat was launched to escort the inshore boat down to the Cresswell area where it joined the Newbiggin lifeboat which had also been requested to help in the search.

However, on arriving at Cresswell, the lifeboats were requested to stand down as the two children had been found.

Because of thick fog, the lifeboats remained on the scene until the search parties had been accounted for.

At 10.30am on Good Friday, both Amble lifeboats were requested to help five people on board a pleasure boat, Pride and Glory.

The stricken vessel had run aground in thick fog onto rocks 400metres south of the Amble harbour entrance.

By the time the lifeboats arrived, the tide had receded, making it impossible to recover the boat.

As the tide receded further, the Amble Coastguard team was able to escort three of the people on board ashore across the rocks in the fog.

With the tide low, both lifeboats remained on scene to keep watch as two people had remained on board Pride and Glory in the hope of refloating the boat on the incoming tide.

But as the tide returned, even with the slight swell at the time, damage was caused to the hull and the rudder was disabled.

The vessel was towed back into Amble harbour.

After the incident, the coxswain of the Amble all-weather lifeboat said that great care has to be taken when sailing boats in weather when there is a chance of fog and people should not sail in an area without good local knowledge of it.