Early start on Monday for Whitby RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The Whitby RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched to assist after a fishing vessel broke free from its moorings in the harbour at 4.45am on Monday (24 July).

After discovering that there was no one aboard the local coastguard kept a visual watch on the boat while one of our volunteers boarded the vessel and secured it.

Helm Jonathan Marr said 'Well done to the harbour staff who noticed that the vessel only had one rope and could have posed a risk to nearby boats in the harbour. Potential damage to one or more boats has been avoided.'

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The fishing vessel being secured

RNLI/Martyn Cairns

The inshore lifeboat heading through the harbour

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