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Filey RNLI crew rescue woman from sea

Lifeboats News Release

Filey volunteer RNLI inshore lifeboat crew have this afternoon (Sunday 16th April) rescued an elderly lady from the sea off the Filey seafront.

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Just after 11.30am, Filey’s inshore lifeboat (ILB), Braund, launched following a request from Humber Coastguard following reports that a person had been seen floating face-down in the sea opposite Ackworth House on the Filey Foreshore.

Fortunately, having just completed an exercise with Filey’s all-weather lifeboat, the ILB crew were at the boathouse and were able to launch the boat immediately. The ILB crewed by Matt Wilkins, Jon Harrison and Vanessa Thomas was very quickly on scene.

Vanessa Thomas, a trained paramedic, entered the water and carried out immediate first aid whilst the woman was lifted onto the ILB. The boat returned to Coble Landing, Filey where other crew members were on hand, including crew member Doctor Rosie Rayment.

The lady was placed on board an ambulance. However, it was soon decided that she should be transferred to Hull Royal Infirmary by helicopter and a few minutes later, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance arrived. A landing area was made safe on the beach by members of Filey Lifeboat Crew, Filey Coast Rescue Team and Filey Police. Currently, there has been no update on the outcome.

Barry Robson, Filey Lifeboat Coxswain/Mechanic said: “The ILB was launched extremely quickly and the crew had soon recovered the lady from the water. At present, we do not know her condition, but I would like to thank all Filey RNLI Crew for their prompt response and also Filey Coast Rescue Team, Filey Police and The Yorkshire Air Ambulance for helping. We have a Doctor, 3 paramedics, a nurse and an Ambulance Technician on our crew here at Filey so the lady received the best possible first aid treatment.”

Notes to editors

  • Filey Lifeboat Station was founded in 1804. It currently operates both a Mersey-Class All-Weather Lifeboat and an Inshore Lifeboat. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to Filey Lifeboat Station Facebook page.
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