Whitby RNLI's all weather lifeboat rescues vessel with engine failure.

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI volunteers worked alongside the local coastguard crew to bring the vessel to safety.

On Thursday 11 April at around 9pm a call came in that a fishing vessel had lost power off the coast of Whitby.

The local Coastguard crews managed to view the boat from the cliff near the golf course ravine and informed the Whitby RNLI crew of its whereabouts.

The all-weather lifeboat reached the distressed vessel and was able to tow it back to the safety of the harbour.

Whitby RNLI Coxswain Howard Fields said: 'The crew aboard the vessel did the right thing by lowering their anchor and calling for assistance. Thank you to the Coastguard team who assisted with locating the vessel as well as bringing the boat alongside in the harbour.'

The RNLI is a charity that saves lives at sea, it is important when out on the water to always carry a means of calling for help such as a VHF radio as well as the relevant safety equipment should you get into difficulty.

For more information please contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or ceri_oakes@Hotmail.com

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