The Seahouses RNLI lifeboat was launched to a distress call yesterday (Saturday) while the crew was in the midst of a recruitment drive.
The lifeboat station in the Northumberland village was hosting a recruitment day when their call-out pagers interrupted the event and the crew had to quickly go into action.
UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat at 10.51am to try to locate a distress beacon (EPIRB), transmitting in the Beadnell Bay area.
The lifeboat is equipped with radio direction finding equipment. and, at this stage, it was not known if it were a genuine or accidental operation of the beacon on a vessel.
The All-Weather Lifeboat was launched and prospective crew members were able to witness the call out first hand, in less-than-pleasant sea conditions.
As the lifeboat arrived at Beadnell and began a search, the local shore-based Coastguard team was on the beach and located a nearby vessel, which was the source of the alert in what turned out to be an ‘accidental operation’, according to a Seahouses RNLI spokesman.
The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station. It was refuelled and ready for service again at 1.05pm.
Ian Clayton, Seahouses RNLI lifeboat ops manager, said: “The recruitment day proved very useful, with a possible 10 new recruits.”