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April fools' day call out for Withernsea RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Withernsea RNLI volunteer crew rescued three people from a stricken rigid inflatable boat (RIB)this morning (Saturday 1 April) after it suffered power failure.

RNLI Withernsea in action

RNLI/Matthew Woodhouse

RNLI Withernsea in action
Withernsea's inshore lifeboat Henley Eight launched shortly after 10am and reached the RIB in 15minutes. The volunteer crew of four established a towline between the RIB and the lifeboat.

The lifeboat towed the RIB back to Withernsea beach where the casualty vessel was recovered and its crew of three were checked over by lifeboat crew.

This call out was the first for new crewman John Talbot. John said: 'You never know when the pager will go off, but looking back on it now, it is funny that April Fools' day was my first shout. Joking aside, we're happy that the crew of the Harry B are safe and well - this is what we train for week in, week out.'

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