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Bridlington RNLI inshore lifeboat volunteers bring three to safety

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI volunteer crew received a request from the UK Coastguard just before 1.00 pm on Friday 4 August. After reports of two kayaks in trouble between Bridlington and Auburn farm to the south of the town.

RNLI/Andy Brompton

Crew returned to beach after two kayaks and owners safe
The RNLI inshore lifeboat Windsor Spirit and its volunteer crew made their way quickly to the scene. Two Coastguard mobile units were already in the area and able to guide the lifeboat crew to the casualty position.

On arrival the lifeboat crew found a man hanging on to the kayak with a woman on board. Although he had tried to get back onto the kayak he was worried his wife would be tipped into the sea. A second man also on a kayak was in attendance trying to help but unfortunately all three were being blown further out to sea by the strong offshore winds.

The lifeboat crew quickly lifted the man into the inshore boat along with his wife who was by this time getting distressed. Once the two were safely on board the lifeboat crew tied their kayak alongside the lifeboat and headed to the beach and the waiting Coastguards.

With the couple safely ashore the lifeboat crew went to sea again to bring in the second kayak sailor after he had become tired and was struggling to get back to shore.

RNLI Media contacts
For more information please contact RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Andy Brompton on: 07919 451018.

RNLI/Andy Brompton

Crew wash down after rescue.

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