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Withernsea RNLI launched following light aircraft crash

Lifeboats News Release

Withernsea RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew joined the search for a light aircraft which crash landed earlier today (10 Aug).

The UK Coastguard had received a distress beacon alert indicating that someone was in difficulty off the coast of Withernsea.

Withernsea RNLI were launched around 12.15pm to search an area three miles east of Withernsea. Local coastguard rescue teams and the UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Humberside were also involved in the search.

While they were searching, the UK Coastguard received a call from the pilot, who had managed to escape the wreckage after crash landing on the shoreline and climbed up cliffs near Holmpton to raise the alarm.

Volunteer RNLI crew member Dan Lythe said: ‘It was a challenge to launch our inshore lifeboat from the beach today due to a big swell and relentless waves. We train twice a week to ensure we can cope with any conditions and today was a real test of that.

'We're very relieved the pilot is safe - today shows you never know what might happen along the coast.'

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