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Two calls in two days for RNLI Bridlington's volunteers.

Lifeboats News Release

Both Bridlington lifeboats were called by the UK Coastguard after a windsurfer and fishing vessel required help.

RNLI/Andy Brompton

Inshore who helped windsurfer

Lifeboat operations manager (LOM) Keith Turnbull received a request from the UK Coastguard after a lone windsurfer was reported to be in trouble to the south of Bridlington inshore lifeboat station.

On the afternoon of Monday 20th February 2017 Bridlington's inshore lifeboat Windsor Spirit with its volunteer crew helmsman Jamie McHale along with his crew Pete Jones and Ash Traves made their way to the casualty.

Already on scene, waiting Coastguards were able to guide the inshore lifeboat crew to the windsurfer. Although the sea conditions were not too bad, the gusting wind had damaged the surfer's board leaving him unable to reach it.

The man, a 53 year old, was taken safely ashore to the waiting Coastguards. The inshore lifeboat crew made an attempt to find the surfer's board but could not find it.

Bridlington's LOM Keith Turnbull was alerted just before midnight on Tuesday 21st February after a local 14 metre fishing vessel had suffered engine problems.

Second Coxswain Steve Emmerson and his crew took the boat safely in to Bridlington harbour.

RNLI/Andy Brompton

Bridlington lifeboat Marine Engineer tows fishing boat to safety

RNLI/Andy Brompton

Fishing boat crew prepare to moor up

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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