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Byline: A MAJOR search and rescue operation was launched this evening (Monday August 19) after an empty dinghy was found 15 miles offshore.
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The major search and rescue operation for a possible person lost at sea was launched this evening (Monday August 19) by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat, an RAF rescue helicopter and Coastguard Rescue Teams this evening after Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (Humber Coastguard) were notified at appoximately 18:15 by the skipper of a 29m Dutch sailing vessel that they had come across a 2m dinghy 15 miles east of Blyth, Northumberland. There was reported to be freshly caught fish, personal belongings and a handheld marine VHF radio on board but no sign of any occupant.
 
Tynemouth RNLI’s all weather lifeboat with six volunteer crew on board had been carrying out an exercise off the coast at Cullercoats and was tasked by Humber Coastguard to make its way immediately to the position of the dinghy, while an RAF Search and Rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer was also tasked to the scene. Both the RNLI lifeboat and the RAF helicopter made an extensive search of the area, directed by Humber Coastguard who advised a search pattern based on  sea currents and wind. Land-based teams from Tynemouth and South Shields Volunteer Life Brigades and Blyth and Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Teams were also tasked to search the shore for a likely launching site for the vessel between Sunderland and Blyth.
 
Arriving at the scene, the lifeboat crew recovered the dinghy onboard the lifeboat and then started their search which continued for over 5 hours until 23:08 at which point the RAF helicopter made a final search sweep using a heat-seeking camera and the RNLI lifeboat crew had completed their extensive search. Humber Coastguard was then satisfied there was no possibility of finding any potential survivor and the search was called off, with all search units returning to station.
 
Adrian Don, Spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station, said: A dutch sailing vessel found an empty dinghy, 15 miles out to sea from the Northumberland coast. There was clear evidence that somone had recently been on the vessel and it had to be assumed as a worst case scenario that they had fallen overboard, resulting in an intensive and prolonged search for any possible casualties, with a similar search carried out onshore by the Coastguard teams to see if there was a location from where the boat had been launched or drifted from, such as a car and trailer near a slipway or beach launching area.
 
‘After five hours the search was called off when watch officers at Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, who coordinated the search and rescue effort, were satisfied that every avenue had been exhausted in the search for any possible casualty.
 
‘We hope that no misfortune has come to the boat’s owner.
 
‘If anyone has any information at all regarding the dinghy they are asked to contact Humber Coastguard or their local police.’

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RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Adrian Don, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07834 731833.

Byline: A MAJOR search and rescue operation was launched this evening (Monday August 19) after an empty dinghy was found 15 miles offshore.
Page Content:

The major search and rescue operation for a possible person lost at sea was launched this evening (Monday August 19) by Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat, an RAF rescue helicopter and Coastguard Rescue Teams this evening after Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (Humber Coastguard) were notified at appoximately 18:15 by the skipper of a 29m Dutch sailing vessel that they had come across a 2m dinghy 15 miles east of Blyth, Northumberland. There was reported to be freshly caught fish, personal belongings and a handheld marine VHF radio on board but no sign of any occupant.
 
Tynemouth RNLI's all weather lifeboat with six volunteer crew on board had been carrying out an exercise off the coast at Cullercoats and was tasked by Humber Coastguard to make its way immediately to the position of the dinghy, while an RAF Search and Rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer was also tasked to the scene. Both the RNLI lifeboat and the RAF helicopter made an extensive search of the area, directed by Humber Coastguard who advised a search pattern based on  sea currents and wind. Land-based teams from Tynemouth and South Shields Volunteer Life Brigades and Blyth and Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Teams were also tasked to search the shore for a likely launching site for the vessel between Sunderland and Blyth.
 
Arriving at the scene, the lifeboat crew recovered the dinghy onboard the lifeboat and then started their search which continued for over 5 hours until 23:08 at which point the RAF helicopter made a final search sweep using a heat-seeking camera and the RNLI lifeboat crew had completed their extensive search. Humber Coastguard was then satisfied there was no possibility of finding any potential survivor and the search was called off, with all search units returning to station.
 
Adrian Don, Spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat station, said: A dutch sailing vessel found an empty dinghy, 15 miles out to sea from the Northumberland coast. There was clear evidence that somone had recently been on the vessel and it had to be assumed as a worst case scenario that they had fallen overboard, resulting in an intensive and prolonged search for any possible casualties, with a similar search carried out onshore by the Coastguard teams to see if there was a location from where the boat had been launched or drifted from, such as a car and trailer near a slipway or beach launching area.
 
'After five hours the search was called off when watch officers at Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, who coordinated the search and rescue effort, were satisfied that every avenue had been exhausted in the search for any possible casualty.
 
'We hope that no misfortune has come to the boat's owner.
 
'If anyone has any information at all regarding the dinghy they are asked to contact Humber Coastguard or their local police.'

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RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Adrian Don, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07834 731833.