Scarborough and Whitby RNLI involved in multi-agency operation
A large operation took place today (Monday 6 November) involving four RNLI lifeboats from Scarborough and Whitby.
The volunteer crews were paged after reports came in that a casualty was in the water a few miles north of Scarborough.
Shortly before noon, the inshore and all-weather lifeboats from both ports proceeded to a point close to shore, north of Hayburn Wyke.
The casualty was recovered from the water by Scarborough’s inshore lifeboat and transferred to the Shannon lifeboat with the help of Whitby’s inshore lifeboat.
The person was then winched aboard the Coastguard rescue helicopter, which airlifted him to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.
The lifeboats were stood down and returned to their stations, where shore crews were waiting to rehouse them.
John Senior, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: 'The RNLI crews and Coastguard helicopter responded quickly and worked together to ensure the casualty was transferred to hospital as quickly and efficiently as possible.'
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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 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.