Whitby RNLI tows fishing boat to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Whitby all-weather lifeboat was launched this morning (Saturday 9 July) after a boat suffered a mechanical failure near Robin Hood's Bay.

The charity's volunteer crew were paged around 9.30am by Humber Coastguard who were alerted by the three men on board that they needed assistance.

The 24 foot fishing boat was in less than two meters of water near North Cheek off Robin Hood's Bay.

Station mechanic Richard Dowson said 'Luckily due to the calm conditions it turned out to be a fairly routine tow job. If the conditions had been different the people on the boat could have been at risk but we managed to bring them safely back to Whitby harbour.'

The all-weather boat returned to the harbour around 10.55am, was refuelled and made ready for service.

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