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Filey RNLI launch to 16 metre Scallop boat

Lifeboats News Release

Filey volunteer RNLI crew were called in to action last night (Thursday 25th January) to assist a 16 metre fishing vessel to the north east of Filey Brigg

Fishing vessel Radiant waiting to be taken to Scarborough at night.

RNLI/John Ward

Filey ALB approaching fishing vessel 7 miles off Filey

At 6pm. UK Coastguard (Humber) requested the launch of Filey’s Mersey Class all-weather lifeboat (ALB), Keep Fit Association , to go to the aid of the 16 metre Scalloper, Radiant, which was experiencing engine problems about 7 miles east north-east of Filey Brigg.

A few minutes later, the ALB launched under the command of volunteer coxswain, Alex Harrison, with Barry Robson, Matt Wilkins, Ian Butler, Sam Cross, Paul Wilson and Jon Harrison as crew.

The ALB was on scene within 40 minutes and the decision was made to take the fishing vessel in tow to Scarborough harbour where she could undergo repairs. In darkness and a freshening and gusty south-westerly wind, the tow arrived in Scarborough at high water (10pm) where Radiant was safely berthed.

Filey ALB then returned to station and was re-carriaged and made ready for service about an hour later.

John Ward, Filey Lifeboat Press Officer said:” The crew did a very good job last night and congratulations must go to Alex Harrison on his first call as Coxswain. There is a large fishing area off the coast of Filey and it is for scenarios like this that we train our crew here to respond to.”

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.

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