Filey RNLI called to 3 incidents in 4 hours

Lifeboats News Release

Filey RNLI crew have been called to 3 separate incidents within 4 hours this afternoon (Sunday 1st July).


RNLI/John Ward


The first call to launch Filey’s inshore lifeboat (ILB), Braund, came at 1.35pm to a report of children on a bodyboard just off Hunmanby Gap about 2 miles south of Filey, in need of assistance. Luckily, as the ILB was launching, the children had made it safely back ashore.

Just over 3 hours later, the ILB was again urgently requested by UK Coastguard (Humber) following reports of a boy caught in a rip tide off Hunmanby Gap. A number of adults were also in the water trying to rescue him. When the ILB arrived on scene, the adults had managed to get the boy out of the water. However, the ILB crew decided that he needed oxygen which they administered and he was eventually taken by ambulance to Scarborough Hospital.

As this incident was about to close, a further report came in of someone falling on rocks to the north of Filey Brigg. The ILB made best possible speed to the incident. The casualty and his 3 friends were making their way back up the cliffs and felt that they no longer needed any help. They were met by Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team who made sure all was okay.

The ILB crew for all 3 incidents were: Paul Wilson; Matthew Wilkins; Vanessa Thomas.

John Ward, Filey Lifeboat Press Officer said: “It has been a very busy afternoon but thankfully all 3 incidents have concluded well. The crew had only just completed a 3 hour exercise this morning with both lifeboats when the first call came. Many thanks to all the crew who turned up when the pagers were activated and also to Filey and Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Teams”

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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