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Busy weekend for Whitby RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Two emergency call outs for volunteer crews

RNLI/Jason Impey

Crews from Whitby's all-weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat were in action this weekend after being alerted to two incidents off the coast.

On Saturday both the inshore and all weather boats were launched shortly before 6pm after reports of four people missing along the shore by Robin Hood's Bay. No people were found and the boats returned to Whitby lifeboat station after being stood down.

The all-weather lifeboat was launched again on Sunday afternoon at 4.20pm after reports of a small boat with four anglers on-board suffering from mechanical trouble.

The vessel was located south of Whitby and safely towed back to port.

Cox Jonathan Marr said 'It was a busy weekend for our crews but there was good teamwork and the crews of both lifeboats did an excellent job'.

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