Bridlington lifeboat crew help 17 year old girl washed into sea

Lifeboats News Release

After a 999 call reporting a girl washed into the sea near Bridlington's South Pier, the town's RNLI inshore lifeboat quickly launched into breaking seas.

The volunteer lifeboat crew led by Helmsman Adi Trower with Pete Jones and Ashley Traves onboard made their way to the area where the girl had last been seen.

Shortly after the inshore lifeboat proceeded, a radio message received from the Coastguard confirmed that a passer by had managed to get the girl out of the sea. On hearing this Helmsman Trower and his crew made for the beach to offer first aid assistance if needed.

Having reached the shore and beached the inshore lifeboat Adi Trower and Pete Jones took the boat's oxygen and first aid bag and set off to help the girl.

With Ashley Traves left to watch over the inshore boat the two volunteers tried to make for the nearest steps onto the Promanade but the two could not make it through the rough seas and the quickest course of action was to climb the sea wall.

After running down the Promenade and on arrival at the scene, they found Coxswain Stuart Tibbett and crewman Grant Walkington had driven to the area and had placed the girl in the Coxswain's car. Coastguards were also on scene and brought blankets for the girl.

The two inshore lifeboat crew took over the care of the girl checking her condition and giving oxygen when needed.

The girl aged 17yrs and her boy friend aged 20yrs had been wave dodging on the harbour slipway when a large wave caught the girl and she was washed into a very rough sea. Unable to help herself in any way, the girl disappeared from sight and was washed along the pier wall a distance of 30 to 40 metres. Passers by having seen the danger managed to throw a lifering and bring the girl to safety.

Due to the girl's condition, the decision was made to transfer the girl in Stuart Tibbett's car to the inshore boathouse where the girl was kept warm and given dry clothing until the arrival of an Ambulance crew.

An RNLI spokesmen said: 'This girl was very,very lucky thanks to the help of those on the sea front and at this time a tragedy has been averted.'


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