Woman rescued by Filey Lifeboat crews

Lifeboats News Release

Filey RNLI volunteers were tasked to assist with finding find a missing woman during the late afternoon on Wednesday 14 December.

At 4pm, UK Coastguard requested the launch of Filey’s inshore lifeboat, (ILB), Braund, following a request from North Yorkshire Police to assist them and Filey Coast rescue team locate a missing woman, who was last reported to be in the area of Filey Brigg.

A few minutes later the inshore lifeboat, crewed by Neil Cammish, Paul Wilson and Lee Cowling, launched to search an area within Filey Bay.

Further reports were received that the casualty might be to the north of Filey Brigg. With darkness falling, Filey’s Mersey Class all-weather lifeboat, Keep Fit Association, was brought to stand by and Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 912 was diverted from exercise.

Shortly after passing to the north of the Brigg, the inshore lifeboat crew spotted the woman on a ledge, at a place known locally as Emperor’s. In view of her precarious position, the inshore lifeboat crew veered down and rescued the woman from the rocks. They then took her back to Coble Landing Filey, into the care of the Ambulance Service and Police.

Barry Robson, Coxswain and Mechanic for Filey Lifeboat Station, said: 'There were at first some conflicting reports about where the casualty was. As she was in imminent danger of being swept off the rocks, the ILB crew decided that it would be best to grab her and take her back to Coble Landing to the Police, Ambulance Crew and Coastguards who were waiting on the beach.’

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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