RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

01/12/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/12/2019 12:21

Second early morning shout in 24 hours for Filey RNLI crew.

Both Filey lifeboats were called into action twice in less than 24 hours on Wednesday 9th January and Thursday 10th January.

Just after 4.30am on Wednesday 9th January, Filey's inshore lifeboat (ILB), Braund, was requested to launch by UK Coastguard (Humber) to assist in a search for a young male who had fallen down the cliffs to the north of the Lifeboat Station.

Within a few minutes, the ILB had launched with Matt Wilkins, Paul Wilson and Liam Frampton as crew.

In view of the sea conditions and the fact that the casualty's position was uncertain, it was decided also to launch Filey's Mersey Class all-weather lifeboat (ALB), Keep Fit Association, in support.

Fortunately just as the ALB was preparing to launch, the casualty was located a few hundred metres north of Coble Landing Filey. With the help of the shore crew and tractor drivers, the ILB crew and Coastguard Rescue Teams transferred the young man to Coble Landing, Filey where he was placed in the care of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service and transferred to Hull Royal Infirmary.

Less than 24 hours later, at 2.30am on Thursday 10th January, both lifeboats were tasked by UK Coastguard (Humber) to assist Coastguard Rescue Teams and helicopters with the search for a local beach angler who had been reported missing by his family .

A short time later, in complete darkness and difficult sea conditions, the ILB had launched crewed by Matt Wilkins, Callum Garton and Liam Frampton. It was soon followed by Filey ALB under the command of Coxswain/Mechanic Neil Cammish.

Both boats made best possible speed to a location about 3 miles north of Filey locally known as 'Castie', close to the Blue Dolphin Holiday Park. There, with the help of Coastguard Rescue Teams from Filey, Scarborough, Ravenscar and Bridlington, they recovered the person and transported him back to Filey Coble Landing. Unfortunately, the fisherman was deceased.

John Ward, Lifeboat Press Officer said: 'The crew have had a very busy 24 hours and I would like to thank them all for turning out in the early hours and for their professionalism in dealing with both casualties. The angler was known to all the crew and we would like to offer our sympathies to the family. Thanks must also go to all the Coastguard personnel who attended both incidents along with helicopter crews and Whitby RNLI crew who were originally tasked to the second incident when it was thought that the angler may have been fishing near to Whitby.'

Notes to editors

  • Filey Lifeboat Station was founded in 1804. It currently operates both a Mersey-Class All-Weather Lifeboat and an Inshore Lifeboat. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to Filey Lifeboat Facebook page.

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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