Abandoned clothing sparks two hour search for Withernsea RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Withernsea's volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew were pulled away from their breakfasts on Friday morning after clothing was found at the water's edge in Withernsea.

RNLI/Tracie Talbot

Withernsea's volunteer crew recovering the lifeboat after Friday's launch.

At 7:54am on Friday 6 July, the UK Coastguard requested the launch of Withernsea's inshore lifeboat Henley Eight. Shortly after, three of Withernsea's volunteer crew were at sea searching for a missing person after clothing was found abandoned at the water's edge.

In calm conditions, the lifeboat crew searched the Withernsea coastline for over two hours along with local Coastguards, Police and the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Humberside. At 10.38am, the lifeboat and its crew were stood down after the missing person was found safely by Police.

Friday's call out was the first for volunteer Steve Sawden, who was looking after his daughter when the pagers sounded. He said: 'We had just finished breakfast when the pagers went off. You never know when we are going to be needed, but luckily I had finished my Coco Pops!.'

'It was my first call out on the lifeboat, and the training we receive from the RNLI prepared all the crew well for performing the search pattern we needed to. We're all happy the person was found safe on land.'

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