RNLI Statement - Rock Fall Incident at Staithes

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI can confirm that volunteer crew members of Staithes and Runswick Lifeboat Station responded to a rock fall at Seaton Garth in Staithes this afternoon (8 August).

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The RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew attended to a child who sadly died at the scene. The RNLI, and in particular the volunteers of Staithes and Runswick Lifeboat Station, would like to share their deepest condolences with the family.

We would ask that the privacy of our volunteer crew be respected at this time and that any media calls are made to the RNLI press team and not the lifeboat station.

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