Filey RNLI search for missing person

Lifeboats News Release

Filey RNLI Lifeboat crew were called out late evening yesterday (Wednesday 24 April) to assist in a search for an elderly man.

Filey ILB leaving the boathouse on service 24 April 2019

RNLI/Matt Wilkins

Filey ILB leaving the boathouse on service 24 April 2019

Just before 9.30pm., UK Coastguard (Humber) requested the launch of Filey’s inshore lifeboat (ILB), Braund, to assist North Yorkshire Police and local Coastguard Rescue Teams search for an 87 year old man who had been missing from a seaside property for about six hours.

In complete darkness and with a heavy onshore swell, the ILB launched about 4 minutes later with Paul Wilson, Sam Cross and Vanessa Thomas as crew.

The crew carried out a shoreline search as far south as Bempton Cliffs (about five miles) before concentrating on an area just off Reighton.

After two hours, the gentleman was fortunately found inland but not far from the sea and returned safely to his family.

John Ward, Filey Lifeboat Press Officer said: “The crew did an excellent job tonight in quite challenging conditions. Luckily, the gentleman was found before he came to harm. Many thanks to everyone involved in the search and to the large number of lifeboat personnel who attended “.

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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For more information please telephone John Ward, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07771800748 or filey@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

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