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Birthday 'shout' for Withernsea RNLI crewman

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 14 May, Withernsea RNLI volunteers were called out to aid a stricken jet ski that was drifting out to sea.

RNLI/Darren Hickey

Withernsea lifeboat tows in the stricken jet ski
At 5:23pm Withernsea's volunteers were paged by the UK Coastguard after reports that a jet ski was drifting out to sea south of Withernsea, with one person on board.

The crew of four launched shortly after and quickly located the jet ski and its occupant. A quick medical assessment was carried out and a towline established between the lifeboat and the jet ski. The jet ski was then towed back to Withernsea safely where the volunteers helped recover the jet ski on to its trailer and away from the beach.

The call out was a special one for volunteer Helmsman Matthew Woodhouse, who was celebrating his 30th birthday when the pager sounded. He said:'You never know when the pagers will go off, today was a great example of how it can happen at any time. Birthdays, special occasions, Christmas - were always on call.

'We had conducted a towing exercise only a few hours before the 'shout', so the crew knew exactly what to do - they were great'.

RNLI Media contacts
For more information please contact RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Matthew Woodhouse on:
07875 485784.

RNLI/Darren Hickey

The jet ski back on the beach

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