Filey RNLI assist with man caught in rip current.
Filey volunteer RNLI crew were called to action just after 3pm today (Thursday 1st August) to assist with the recovery of a man struggling in difficult currents
UK Coastguard (Humber) directly paged for the immediate launch of Filey’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) Braund, following reports of a man caught in a rip current off Reighton Gap, four miles south of Filey.
Within a couple of minutes, the ILB had launched crewed by Matthew Wilkins, Gary Wilson, Vanessa Thomas and Sarah Scrivener. A short time later, as the boat was approaching the scene, it was confirmed that a surfer had helped to recover the casualty to the beach.
The ILB crew landed at Reighton Gap and after a quick assessment, it was decided that the man should be taken to hospital.
He was placed aboard the ILB which then transferred him to an ambulance which was waiting at Coble Landing, Filey.
John Ward, Lifeboat Press Officer said: “The crew responded very quickly to a direct launch page from the Coastguards which always signals an urgent call. It was a job well done. Many thanks to everyone who assisted”.
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 Facebook page.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.