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Kayakers rescued by Filey RNLI Crews.

Lifeboats News Release

Filey’s inshore lifeboat was called to two separate incidents involving kayakers within the space of an hour at lunchtime on Saturday 14th October.

3 kayakers being transferred to Filey ILB.

RNLI/Barry Robson

Filey ILB alongside the 3 kayakers.

Shortly before 12noon, UK Coastguard (Humber) requested the launch of Filey’s inshore lifeboat, Braund, following reports of 3 kayakers in difficulty at the end of Filey Brigg in a strong and freshening off-shore wind. The local fishing vessel “Boy Alan” was alongside and giving some lee to the kayakers, one of whom had capsized and was struggling against the cold,

The ILB launched shortly before high water, crewed by Neil Cammish, Gary Wilson and Tom Barkley and were with the kayakers a few minutes later.

The ILB crew retrieved the kayakers and their kayaks from the water and took them back to Coble Landing, Filey to hand them over to Filey Coastguard Rescue Team cold but otherwise none too worse for their experience.

Meanwhile, it had been established that the kayakers had been with a party of 10 and although 5 had made their own way back to the beach and 3 had been rescued by the ILB, a further 2 kayakers who had managed to land on Filey Brigg needed assistance, especially as it was now high water.

Filey ILB relaunched with Gary Wilson, Tom Barkley and Jules MaCauley as crew and took the 2 kayakers and their boats back to Coble Landing to be re-united with the rest of the party.

John Ward, Filey Lifeboat Press Officer said: “The group of kayakers were well prepared and well kitted out but unfortunately they were caught out by the conditions at the end of Filey Brigg. Luckily, everything turned out fine for them. Our thanks go to Filey Coastguard Rescue Team for their help.”

Notes to editors

  • Filey Lifeboat Station was founded in 1804. It currently operates both a Mersey-Class All-Weather Lifeboat and an Inshore Lifeboat. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to Filey Lifeboat Station Facebook page.
Photograph taken from fishing vessel Boy Alan of kayakers

RNLI/Barry Robson

Filey ILB with kayakers.

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