First call of 2018 for Filey RNLI crew.

Lifeboats News Release

Filey’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew were called out for the first time in 2018 at teatime on Wednesday 10th January.

Archived picture of Filey ALB at night.

RNLI/John Ward

Archived picture of Filey ALB at night.

Just before 5.30pm, in complete darkness and driving rain, UK Coastguard (Humber) requested the launch of both Filey’s Mersey Class all-weather lifeboat (ALB), Keep Fit Association, and the station inshore lifeboat (ILB), Braund, to assist North Yorkshire Police and Filey Coastguard Rescue Team search for a 70 year old man who was missing in the Filey Brigg area.

Fortunately, just as the ALB (under the command of volunteer Coxswain Barry Robson) and the ILB (crewed by Matt Wilkins, Sam Cross and Vanessa Thomas) were preparing to launch, the gentleman was found very cold and drenched on Filey Beach. Both boats were returned to station..

John Ward, Lifeboat Press Officer said: “The gentleman was very lucky to be spotted so quickly as it was very cold and very wet, but we are led to believe he has made a good recovery. Many thanks to Filey Police, Filey Coastguard Rescue Team and all the Filey RNLI personnel who attended the incident.”

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.

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