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Filey RNLI in dramatic cliff rescue

Lifeboats News Release

Filey volunteer RNLI Lifeboat crew have been involved in a dramatic cliff rescue in the early hours of this morning (Friday 8th April). This being their 4th lifeboat call-out in 36 hours.

Humber Coastguard requested the launch of both Filey’s all-weather Mersey Class lifeboat (ALB), The Keep Fit Association, and Filey’s inshore lifeboat (ILB), Braund following a report of a missing female near the cliffs at Chimney Hole north of Filey.
Shortly before 4am the ALB launched with Coxswain / Mechanic Barry Robson in command along with the ILB helmed by Paul Wilson.
Following an extensive search the female was located by the ILB crew at the bottom of cliffs just to the north of Chimney Hole. It was soon discovered that she had fallen down the cliffs and had sustained injuries to her head and legs. She was also suffering from severe cold.
In complete darkness and at high water, the ILB crew assisted by crew from the ALB recovered the female by stretcher. She was put on board the all-weather lifeboat and taken to Scarborough Harbour to an awaiting ambulance.
John Ward, Filey Lifeboat Press Officer said: “This was a challenging search and quite a difficult rescue for both crews to undertake given the conditions. However this is what we are trained to do and I must congratulate both crews on a job very well done”
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.

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