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Withernsea RNLI called to capsized Jet Ski and people in the water

Lifeboats News Release

Last night (Thursday 7 July) the volunteers at Withernsea RNLI were paged to reports of a capsized Jet Ski with its two occupants in the water, struggling to reach their vessel or the beach. Spectators called for help as the two men were in danger.

Withernsea RNLI’s lifeboat Henley Eight launched with three volunteer crew on board at 9:54pm and reached the area within minutes. The two men had made their way back to the beach with the Jet Ski by the time the lifeboat had reached the scene.

The charity’s volunteer crew tended to the men on the beach to make sure they were okay, neither had serious injuries. Medical advice was given by the crew before the Jet Ski was recovered by a local tractor.

RNLI volunteer crewman Steve Roebuck said: 'We were very quick on scene, ready to put our training into practice as we feared for the two men in the water. Fortunately the men and their Jet Ski were on the beach so we put our casualty care skills into use to make sure they were okay.

‘The two men were very lucky on this occasion, but we are all relieved that they are okay as the situation could have been a lot worse - especially as daylight was disappearing fast.'

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The photograph shows Withernsea RNLI’s inshore lifeboat in operation on a previous occasion. Credit: RNLI.

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