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Filey RNLI respond to pan-pan broadcast

Lifeboats News Release

Filey’s all-weather lifeboat was launched yesterday (Monday 21st August) following a “pan-pan” (urgency but not distress) broadcast from a motor vessel on passage from Whitby to London.

ALB having returned from service is washed down

RNLI/John Ward

Filey ALB being washed before re-housing following the call-out.

UK Coastguard (Humber) requested the launch of Filey’s all-weather lifeboat, Keep Fit Association, just after 3.30pm after receiving the pan-pan broadcast from the motor vessel which was suffering engine problems. The crew were also concerned about being blown on to “Old Horse” rocks, an infamous outcrop, north of Filey Brigg.

A short time later the ALB launched, just before high water, under the command of Coxswain/Mechanic Barry Robson.

The motor vessel, Our Lad, was found about a mile off the coast. Luckily the crew had managed to restart the engine. It was decided to escort the boat to Scarborough where they were met by Scarborough Coastguard Coast Rescue Team, so that repairs could be made before re-commencing the passage to London.

The ALB returned to Filey and was made ready for service just after 7pm.

John Ward, Filey Lifeboat Press Officer said: “The crew of the motor vessel were right to call for assistance when they started experiencing engine difficulties. Hopefully, they will soon have the boat repaired and we wish them a safe passage to London.”

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 Facebook page.

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