RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

01/07/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/07/2019 07:46

Both of Whitby RNLI's lifeboats launched to motorboat taking on water

The RNLI volunteers at Whitby were called to an incident yesterday morning (Sunday 6 January) during a routine training exercise.

A small motor boat with two people aboard was reported to be taking on water near Kettleness, North of Whitby.

After assessing the situation it was decided that the quickest and safest course of action was for the inshore lifeboat to escort the motorboat to the marina after measures were taken to stop the intake of water.

A Whitby RNLI crew member said: 'Thankfully there was only a minor issue on the boat which we could quickly resolve, those on board did the right thing by contacting us promptly before the situation developed.

If you get into difficulty while out on the water you can alert the coastguard by calling 999.'

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Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland