Lucky pilot returns to Withernsea to thank RNLI volunteers who launched to help
Today (Friday 19 August), Bob Hitchcock visited the volunteer crew at Withernsea RNLI to thank those who launched in rough seas to help save him after his plane crashed last Wednesday (10 August).
Bob spent an hour with the Withernsea lifeboat crew today, explaining: 'It was the most shocking experience of my life. I have a huge number of flying hours under my belt and I hope I never have to experience anything like it again. I have a big respect to all RNLI volunteers, especially those who dropped everything to come and help me.'
Daniel Lythe, one of the Withernsea RNLI volunteer crew who launched to Bob’s aid, explained how it was very scary listening to Bob remember the day’s events. He said:
By telling us the story of what went wrong, it’s amazing that Bob is still here to be able to visit us today. We are all pleased that he is ok especially considering it was a horrible day with an unrelenting North Sea. It was nice for Bob to take the time out to come and visit us, and thank us. As a volunteer, that ‘thank you’ makes everything we do worthwhile.By telling us the story of what went wrong, it’s amazing that Bob is still here to be able to visit us today. We are all pleased that he is ok especially considering it was a horrible day with an unrelenting North Sea. It was nice for Bob to take the time out to come and visit us, and thank us. As a volunteer, that ‘thank you’ makes everything we do worthwhile.'
1. Bob Hitchcock with Withernsea RNLI crewmen Luke Newton and Daniel Lythe who were part of the crew that launched, and Deputy Launch Authority John Hartland. Credit RNLI/Withernsea
2. Bob Hitchcock looking out to the site of his crash from the crew room at Withernsea Lifeboat Station. Credit RNLI/Withernsea
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