Empty dinghy off Northumberland coast prompts 'major search'
- 19 August 2013
- From the section Tyne & Wear
A "major" rescue operation is under way in Northumberland after an unmanned dinghy was found 15 miles (24km) off the coast.
The Coastguard, RNLI and a search and rescue helicopter were called at about 19:00 BST after a 7ft (2m) dinghy was found near Blyth.
Fresh fish, personal belongings and radio equipment were found onboard.
The Humber coastguard said a search had begun as it was "clear" someone had been on the boat.