Filey RNLI assist Police and Coastguards

Lifeboats News Release

Filey RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were called out late last night (Wednesday 6th June) to assist North Yorkshire Police and Filey Coastguard Rescue Team

Filey ALB leaving the boathouse

RNLI/John Ward

Filey ALB leaving the boathouse

Just after 11.30pm, UK Coastguard (Humber) requested the launch of Filey’s Mersey class all-weather lifeboat (ALB), Keep Fit Association, to provide illumination and safety cover whilst a search was conducted on Filey Brigg for a vulnerable female.

A short time later, the ALB launched under the command of volunteer Coxswain Matthew Wilkins with Sam Cross, Ian Butler, Callum Garton, Vanessa Thomas, Sarah Scriviner and Liam Frampton as crew..

Meanwhile a decision was taken to also launch Filey’s inshore lifeboat (ILB), Braund, to assist and if necessary provide a quick dash and recovery operation. The ILB launched with Paul Wilson on the helm and Jon Harrison and Lewis Frampton as crew.

The vulnerable female was soon found distressed and very wet. Filey Coastguard Rescue Team decided that she should be walked from Filey Brigg up the path as it was high water so both boats provided illumination.

Both boats returned to station at 1.00 am.

John Ward, Filey Lifeboat Press Officer said, “We are pleased that the incident ended successfully and we were able to provide illumination and safety cover for the casualty and the Coastguard 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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