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Saturday night call out for Withernsea RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Withernsea's RNLI volunteers were called from their Saturday night plans last night (Saturday 22 July) to reports of 15 people in the water.

RNLI/Rob Dawson

Withernsea Lifeboat back at station just after 10pm following the call out

Withernsea's lifeboat Henley Eight was requested to launch by the UK Coastguard at 9.30pm following reports from members of the public that 15 people were in the water, 50 metres east of local landmark Pier Towers. In less than five minutes, the lifeboat was launched with a volunteer crew of four and headed towards central Withernsea.

On arrival, all 15 people had made their way out of the water and were in no danger. The lifeboat crew landed the lifeboat on the beach and after talking with the group, it was established they had entered the water for a late night paddle as they were visiting the area. Safety advice was given, especially as it was getting dark and the tide was heading out to sea.

Once it was confirmed everybody was safe and well, both Withernsea lifeboat and the local Coastguards were stood down and returned home.

Deputy Launch Authority Rob Dawson said: 'The member of the public who dialled 999 did exactly the right thing. We urge anybody who spots something potentially dangerous to get in touch, its better to be safe than sorry.'

Helmsman Matthew Woodhouse added: 'At the time, the group of people thought they were having harmless fun after a day out at a seaside town. Things could have changed dramatically for the worse given the fading light and an ebbing tide. This could very easily have turned into a mass rescue operation so we're happy everyone is safe and well."

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