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Sea Safety advice pays off for owner of broken-down speedboat at Cleethorpes

Lifeboats News Release

Advice given by the RNLI to a new speedboat owner in Cleethorpes was vitally important when his boat broke down 3 weeks later and he needed the services of the lifeboat.

Volunteers from Cleethorpes lifeboat were in the station on Saturday afternoon when they saw people on a stationary speedboat waving for help less than half a mile from the station. They called the UK Coastguard who asked them to launch to give assistance.

The boat was quickly taken under tow and returned to shore along with its 4 occupants; two adults and two children.

Because of the free safety advice given just a few weeks before, the owner knew how to call for help and everyone on board was wearing lifejackets. They also knew to stay with their boat and not to try to swim it ashore, even though it didn’t look to be a very long distance.

Mark Ryder, Community Safety Officer for RNLI Cleethorpes, said “We offer free safety advice to any boat owners or other water users, we can check equipment and ensure that you know what you need in order to be safe at sea.”

To book a session, contact Mark by email at Mark_Ryder@rnli.org.uk or 07973-304252.

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For further information, contact Matt McNally, Lifeboat Press Officer at Cleethorpes, on 07771-797556

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