SEAHOUSES LIFEBOATS CALLED TWICE, MINUTES APART, FOR SEPARATE INCIDENTS

At 15.28hr on Friday 28th July 2017, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat, to assist the ambulance service with an injured male on Bamburgh beach, with a suspected broken ankle. One option would be to remove the casualty by sea to a better location to transfer him to an ambulance. Local Coastguard Rescue Officers from Seahouses and Holy Island also were travelling to the scene by road.

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SEAHOUSES LIFEBOATS LAUNCHED TO INVESTIGATE OBJECT IN THE WATER OFF BAMBURGH

At 14.06hr on Friday 21st July 2017, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Seahouses All Weather Lifeboat, to the report from a member of the public of a white object in the sea off the Stag Rocks at Bamburgh. Seahouses Coastguard Rescue Team initially attended to try and identify the object, which a member of public was concerned may be a capsized yacht. Sea conditions were quite choppy, with a strengthening gusty easterly wind.

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Global SuperTanker, World’s Largest Aerial Firefighter, Now Eligible to Fight Fires in the US

Global SuperTanker, World’s Largest Aerial Firefighter, Now Eligible to Fight Fires in the US
U.S. Interagency Airtanker Board grants SuperTanker 17-month approval, but the Global SuperTanker still awaits a U.S. Forest Service contract

July 25, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The Global SuperTanker – the largest, fastest, and most technologically advanced aerial firefighter in the world – has received interim approval from the U.S. Interagency Airtanker Board (IAB) to fight fires in the United States. The 17-month approval is similar to what has been given to other aerial tankers and is a necessary step for the SuperTanker to compete for contracts in the U.S. and abroad. However, IAB approval is only a first step; the SuperTanker does not currently have a contract with the United States Forest Service (USFS) to fight fires, and pending contracts for large aerial tankers exclude tankers the size of the SuperTanker.

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RETURN TO REFLOAT YACHT AGROUND AT HOLY ISLAND

The Yacht, finally clear of the shingle bank, being escorted into Holy Island Harbour, to be met by the Coastguard Rescue Team and Harbour Master.

A relieved Yacht skipper we suspect !

At 17:00hr on Friday 14th July 2017, both lifeboats relaunched, and returned to the yacht to assist it to free itself on tonight’s high tide. The tide was tonight was slightly lower than this morning, so if the yacht could not be freed, it could be marooned for a week at least till the tides start to pick up again. At the point of high tide, the yacht was still not refloating. With some wash generated by the lifeboats, it was finally possible to gently tow the yacht clear. Care had to be taken to prevent any damage to the yacht’s hull. The yacht, once finally clear, was escorted to Holy Island harbour, where it was met by the local Coastguard Rescue Team. After a friendly chat between the Coastguard, yacht crew and lifeboat crews, both Seahouses Lifeboats returned to station at 20.30hr that night. A slightly difficult job, but with a successful conclusion.

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YACHT AGROUND AT HOLY ISLAND REQUESTS ASSISTANCE

 

Photos show  the yacht below Lindisfarne Castle and the ILB alongside

At 07:51hr on Friday 14th July 2017, UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch of both Seahouses Lifeboats, to go to the assistance of a 26ft yacht with three persons and a dog on board. The yacht had run aground on the gravel outcrop at Holy Island, near the haven, known as the Rigg, and was unable free itself.

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Exmouth RNLI (Volunteers tasked during RNLI Inspection)

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Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn tows the broken down fishing boat back to mooring.

Exmouth’s volunteers tasked to fishing boat in difficulty during the Institution’s inspection

Crew volunteers were tasked by the UK Coastguard at 7pm on Wednesday 5 July to the aid of a broken down fishing boat nine miles south of the Exe estuary. Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn was on exercise during an RNLI three-yearly inspection.

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