Cleethorpes RNLI respond seven times over a busy five days

Lifeboats News Release

Cleethorpes lifeboat launched seven times over five days following various reports including vessels in difficulty, people cut off and a kite surfer in trouble.

It has been a busy period for the volunteer crew of Cleethorpes RNLI. On Friday they responded to a call from a nearby angling vessel, which reported eight children had been cut off with an inflatable close to Haile Sand Fort, they were found safely ashore.

Saturday saw the charity launch to help an 18 foot fishing vessel that ran out of fuel half a mile from Grimsby, they were towed back to the safety of The Royal Dock and handed to the team from Cleethorpes Coastguard. 

During routine training on Sunday the volunteers again assisted a vessel, this time it was a yacht on passage from Lowestoft to Amble, they was seeking a safe haven at Grimsby after getting caught in a storm, the skipper was unfamiliar with the River Humber, they were escorted back to Grimsby by the lifeboat.
 
On the warm Sunday evening, there were multiple reports of people cut off on the sandbanks off Cleethorpes, resulting in the lifeboat launching twice within the space of twenty minutes. All those reported were safely accounted for, the volunteer crew stayed on the water as a precaution to prevent further incidents.
 
It was another double call out day on Monday, firstly to a person that was trying to walk to Haile Sand Fort but was unaware they were being cut off by the incoming tide. Secondly to a kite surfer off Humberston who was reported to be in difficulty, upon arrival they were found to have made it back to the beach. 
 
Last night, 10 minutes into twice-weekly training, the crew were called to two young girls cut off at Humberston, they were observed walking ashore through the creek and into the safe hands of Cleethorpes Coastguard.  
 
Daniel Cooper, Cleethorpes RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, says: 'This was a very busy period for our volunteer crew, they managed to respond very quickly and launched the lifeboat within six minutes during all incidents. 
 
'We would like to thank the public for their vigilance and remind people to respect the water.We would like to thank the public for their vigilance and remind people to respect the water. If you see anyone in trouble at the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'
 
RNLI media contact
For more information contact Rich McLellan, Cleethorpes RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07960126823.
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