Late night multi agency search for RNLI Withernsea

Lifeboats News Release

Withernsea's RNLI volunteers were called into action at 9.51pm yesterday (Sunday 13 August) following reports that a man had been seen entering a rough sea at high tide.

RNLI/Matthew Woodhouse

Catalogue photo of Withernsea Lifeboat being re-housed after a night time call out

Withernsea's inshore lifeboat Henley Eight launched within five minutes of the pagers sounding, and immediately began a shoreline search up to the North of Withernsea. Meanwhile local Coastguard units from Hornsea and Withernsea were searching the promenade and beach along with Humberside Police.

The lifeboat had been searching for 20 minutes when all emergency services were stood down when the man was located in land.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Martin Woodhouse said: "The crew and station management are relieved the gentleman was found safe on land.

"At high tide, with a breaking surf at night, conditions were difficult for the crew on the lifeboat but they did a fantastic job searching until we were stood down. We train twice a week for every possible scenario and only the same day the crew had been out exercising to familiarise themselves with our beaches at high tide. We urge members of the public to Respect the Water as this call out could have had a very different ending."

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