Early morning call wakes Withernsea RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Withernsea's RNLI volunteers assist fishing vessel after being woken by the sound of their pager.

The Withernsea lifeboat is launched into the sea by its marinised agricultural tractor.

RNLI/Darren Hickey

Withernsea Lifeboat launching on service (library photo from 2017)
At 04:53 on Sunday 21st May the Withernsea RNLI lifeboat crew were woken from their beds to go the aid of broken down fishing vessel, Misty Blue.

The volunteer crew of 4 launched and made their way to the casualty which had suffered mechanical failure 1.5 miles North of Withernsea.

Once on scene, a towline was attached between Withernsea's lifeboat Henley Eight and the stricken fishing vessel.

Misty Blue was towed back to Withernsea beach before the lifeboat crew made their way back to station and then back home to their beds.

Volunteer crewman John Talbot said: 'Even though it was early and the pager woke us up, our instinct kicks in and you're immediately out of bed, dressed and heading to the station to see who needs our help.

'The fishing crew had been out for an hour already with a full day ahead of them before they suffered mechanical problems. They did the right thing by calling the UK coastguard even though it was early in the day - we're here to respond whatever time of day, 24/7. That's why we're here. We're all glad they're OK.'

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For more information, contact Matthew Woodhouse, Withernsea RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07875 485784

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