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Whitby RNLI involved in multi-agency search

Lifeboats News Release

Whitby RNLI's inshore lifeboat was launched yesterday (Sunday 5 June) after it was reported that members of the public were in a position of danger at the West Pier.

Humber coastguard received the call around 3pm and requested the attendance of Whitby RNLI as well as the charity's lifeguards and the Coastguard.

The inshore lifeboat was tasked with searching the shore and around the pier with assistance from the RNLI lifeguards on rescue watercraft. The coastguard searched the pier on foot.

The group were located climbing to safety on the West Pier and were given safety advice regarding the tides.

Coxwain of Whitby Lifeboat Mike Russell said: 'Although the group were located safely the informants did the right thing by alerting the emergency services, if you are in doubt over someone's safety in or near the water then call for help.'

Cold water shock is a significant danger – the seas around our coast are cold enough year-round to trigger cold water shock. Even when it looks calm, unexpected waves, tides and rip currents can catch you out.

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Stock image of Whitby RNLI inshore-lifeboat Picture: Ceri Oakes/RNLI

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