Volunteer lifeboat crew from Flamborough RNLI were called out twice in one hour on Sunday 19 June after kayakers were found in distress and swimmers were spotted in difficulty around the North Landing area of Flamborough.
The first launch of the day was at 11.31am to reports of two kayakers in difficulty in heavy swell just off Breil Nook near North Landing. Once the lifeboat had reached the casualties and they were recovered onto the lifeboat it was decided that the sea conditions were too rough to land the kayakers back at North Landing.
Flamborough volunteer lifeboat crew proceeded to South Landing where the Coastguard was standing by to help recover the casualties and their equipment. The lifeboat was then back at the station by 12.03pm.
Less than an hour later, at 12.53pm Flamborough RNLI launched to reports of two swimmers in distress at North Landing. With the crew knowing that the sea conditions were treacherous that morning, it was imperative that the lifeboat reached them as quickly as possible.
Humber Coastguard informed the crew at Flamborough that one swimmer was just off North Landing, the other was off East Scar and a third had entered the water to try and aid the casualties who were all fighting large waves. Flamborough RNLI recovered the three casualties in rough seas, and reported that they were distressed and very cold.
Flamborough RNLI requested that a First Response Unit be sent to North Landing to check the casualties over once the lifeboat had landed them. The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 912 was then dispatched to pick up the casualties to transfer them to hospital. Flamborough RNLI returned to station at 1.20pm.
If you spot anyone you think may be in danger in the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
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• Flamborough Lifeboat Station has been operating since 1871.
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