Scarborough RNLI lifeboats launched to rescue yacht
A full complement of maritime rescue services was required today after a small yacht was found close to shore.
The vessel, Don’t Panic, was observed bobbing about on a gentle swell by the rock armour on Marine Drive.
Both Scarborough RNLI lifeboats were launched just before 6am.
No-one was on the yacht, which was boarded and towed back to the harbour by the Shannon all-weather lifeboat, which had a crew of five.
The inshore lifeboat (ILB) and coastguards searched several miles of shoreline for the yacht crew, assisted by the coastguards’ Sikorsky search-and-rescue helicopter. The police were also involved in the search.
At one point, the ILB, with a three-man crew, was recovered and cleaned before being relaunched to search more extensively, as far north as Burniston and as far south as Cayton Bay, plus the harbour.
Nothing was found and the ILB was stood down at 9.25am.
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For more information contact Dave Barry Scarborough RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer, 07890 322992
Key facts about the RNLI
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, in a normal year, 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.