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Cleethorpes and Humber RNLI lifeboats go to aid of stranded cruiser

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI lifeboats from Cleethorpes and Humber stations launched twice on Thursday to the aid of a vessel stranded on mud flats.

Helicopter hovers over mud flats with winchman being lowered to stranded boat

RNLI/Matt McNally

Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter evacuates crew from stranded pleasure craft
Both boats were launched around 4pm when the crew of a pleasure cruiser called the UK Coastguard after running aground in the River Humber opposite Immingham.

By the time the lifeboats arrived, the tide had dropped and the vessel was well aground on a large mud bank, and the vessel couldn't be reached by land or water.

The decision was taken to return to refloat the vessel at the next high tide, and the 3 persons on board were evacuated to safety by the Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter based at nearby Humberside Airport.

Just after midnight, both lifeboats relaunched to the vessel and as the tide rose, towed it to deeper water. Finding no apparent damage, the engines were successfully restarted and volunteer crew from Cleethorpes took the boat to Grimsby docks under it's own power, escorted by the Humber Lifeboat.

Shaun Sonley, helmsman of Cleethorpes Lifeboat, said "This has been a late night for our volunteers, we're pleased there were no injuries and the boat has been taken to safety in port."

Lifeboat Crew with helicopter in background

RNLI/Matt McNally

Cleethorpes crew stand by during evacuation
Grimsby Dock Tower at night from casualty vessel

RNLI/Philip Playford

Returning to Grimsby's Royal Dock after being refloated

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