View as PDF

Whitby lifeboat launched to search coastline

Lifeboats News Release

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution were called out at around 4.45pm after a member of the public alerted the coastguard to persons cut of by the tide between the east pier and Saltwick.

The inshore lifeboat was launched just minutes later at 4.50pm to conduct a shoreline search.
After a thorough search of the area nothing was found and the volunteer crew were told to stand down.

The informant who made the call could not be located.

Station Mechanic Richard Dowson said: 'Well done to the crew who responded quickly to the pager. We expect that the people managed to walk away as the tide was not yet fully in.

'We would always rather go out and look than have to go an hour later and rescue someone waist deep in water. It is always better to be on the safe side and call 999 if you see someone you think might be in danger.

'It is important to remind people to check the tide times if they are walking below the cliffs and make sure they have enough time to make it back before the tide comes in.'

The inshore lifeboat was rehoused at 5.30pm and was left in the water for the crew training session which takes place on a Wednesday evening.

RNLI Media contacts
For more information contact Whitby Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or at

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.


The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland