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Filey RNLI helps pleasure boat.

Lifeboats News Release

Filey‘s all-weather lifeboat was called in to action yesterday afternoon. (Sunday 8th April)

Filey ALB alongside the vessel in trouble.

RNLI/Mick Bayes

Filey ALB with Jess in Scarborough Harbour

At around 4.40pm, UK Coastguard (Humber) requested the launch of Filey’s Mersey Class all-weather lifeboat (ALB), Keep Fit Association, to assist the 7 metre pleasure boat, Jess, which was experiencing engine difficulties in a position initially reported as about 2 miles north of Filey Brigg.

A short time later, in quite misty conditions, the ALB launched under the command of volunteer coxswain, Barry Robson with Pete Macauley, Paul Wilson, Ian Butler, Tom Barkley, Ben Hargreaves, Vanessa Thomas and Jules Macauley as crew.

When the ALB reached the initial position, there was no sign of the vessel either visually or on radar. UK Coastguard (Humber) coordinated a thorough search of the area and eventually the boat was found almost 3 miles to the north east.

The boat was safely taken in tow to Scarborough Harbour where Scarborough Coastguard Rescue Team was standing by to help.

Filey ALB had returned to station and was made ready for service by about 8pm..

Barry Robson, Filey Coxswain said:” There was a bit of confusion about the boat’s position but once we found him we were able to get him safely back to Scarborough. Very many thanks to Scarborough Coastguard Rescue Team and UK Coastguard (Humber) for their help. We had over 20 volunteer crew turn out yesterday when the pagers were activated and many thanks to them all.”

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 Facebook page.
getting the vessel ready to take in to the harbour

RNLI/John Ward

Filey ALB ready to take the vessel into Scarborough Harbour
Filey ALB towing the vessel.

RNLI/John Ward

Filey ALB towing the vessel

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