Filey RNLI alerted to swimmers.
Just 24 hours after the RNLI issued a national warning about the dangers of swimming in the sea, Filey RNLI lifeboat crew were alerted to swimmers in difficulty yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 23rd August).
Shortly before 2pm, Humber Coastguard directly paged an “immediate launch” for Filey’s inshore lifeboat, Braund, following 999 calls that 2 children were in difficulty in the sea close to Filey Brigg. Filey RNLI Lifeguards and Filey Coast Rescue Team also attended.
Thankfully, just as the ILB reached its launching site, further reports were received that the 2 children had safely returned to the beach so the ILB crewed by Sam Cross, Andy McKenzie and Vanessa Thomas was stood down and returned to station.
Barry Robson, Coxswain / Mechanic said: “When we have a direct page from HM Coastguard rather than a “request to launch”, we know there is potentially a very serious incident unfolding. Luckily this time the children managed to make their own way back to the beach. We would urge parents to keep a careful eye on their children at all times. Filey is generally a safe place to swim so long as you don’t go out of your depth”
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 Station Facebook page.
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