Model aircraft sparks search for Withernsea RNLI volunteers
Lifeboats News Release
Withernsea Lifeboat Henley Eight launched shortly before 6:00pm to reports of a capsized dinghy 500 yards from the beach at North Withernsea. The volunteer crew of 3 was on scene within minutes and located the object, only to realise it was not as serious as first feared.
A model aircraft was retrieved from the water before the crew searched for any other objects and made sure there was nobody trying to retrieve the model that could get in to trouble themselves.
The lifeboat crew returned to station once been stood down by the UK Coastguard.
Withernsea RNLI Helmsman Sean Bell said: 'We are all relieved that the situation was far less serious than thought when the call first came in.
'The member of the public did exactly the right thing by ringing the Coastguard. Even though it wasn't a capsized dinghy as first thought, it's always better to be safe than sorry. The last few days have brought beautiful weather to the East Coast and this was our second call in three days.'
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.