Whitby RNLI launch inshore lifeboat to rescue family cut off by tide.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew was paged at 2.51pm this afternoon (Saturday 17 February) after reports came in of three people cut off by the tide north of Robin Hood's Bay.


The casualties are helped onto the inshore lifeboat

The inshore lifeboat was promptly launched and tasked to search an area not far from where a similar search was conducted just two days before.

The crew spotted the two adults and a baby on a small stretch of beach under the cliffs.

The three people were taken via inshore lifeboat to the nearby beach which had access via the slipway to Robin Hood's Bay. Coastguard crews were stationed on the beach and helped the family disembark the lifeboat.

Inshore lifeboat helm Martyn Cairns said: 'The family was very lucky that the sea was calm and the weather was fine as they were relatively safe in the area in which they were stranded. On rougher days they could have been hit with waves and the outcome might not have been so good.

We urge people who are out walking along the coast to familiarise themselves with the tide times and access routes before they set off.'

For more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes
at ceri_oakes@hotmail.com or on 07813359428


The inshore lifeboat searching the area

RNLI/Ceri Oakes

Approaching the casualties

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