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Early call out for Humber RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Humber RNLI lifeboat crew was paged at 7.15am on the 19th March to go to the aid of a broken down Bridlington fishing vessel 22 miles north east of Spurn Point.

Severn lifeboat

RNLI Humber

Library picture of the Humber lifeboat.

The charity’s lifeboat crew launched into moderate sea conditions to start what would be an 8 hour service to tow a 16m fishing vessel with 4 crew aboard back to the safe haven of Bridlington harbour.

Having got the vessel under tow at approximately 9.15am made way towards Bridlington to rendezvous with our neighbours Bridlington all-weather lifeboat on route to port. The two lifeboats met 7 miles away from the harbour where the tow was handed over to our colleagues for them to safely repatriate the fishing vessel to its home berth.

Humber RNLI Coxswain Martyn Hagan said : ’The RNLI would always advise that before putting to sea you check that the vessel is sea worthy and mechanically sound ensuring you have enough fuel for the journey out and return as conditions at sea change in a moment.’

Notes to editors

Humber Lifeboat Station is the only full time all weather lifeboat crew in the RNLI and has been saving lives at sea since 1810.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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