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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.

Withernsea RNLI with the model plane


Withernsea RNLI with the model plane recovered from the sea
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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