Filey RNLI assist five in sea drama.

Lifeboats News Release

Filey volunteer RNLI Lifeboat crew have assisted five persons in a dramatic rescue operation along with Filey RNLI Lifeguards as well as Coastguard Units from Filey and Bridlington

Filey ILB launching on service.7 August

RNLI/Adrienne Harrison

Filey ILB launching on service.7 August

Just after 3.30pm today, Wednesday 7th August, UK Coastguard (Humber) directly paged for the immediate launch of Filey’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) Braund, following reports of a child being blown out to sea in an inflatable and three persons in the water who were attempting a rescue off Reighton Gap, some four miles south of Filey.

The ILB was very quickly launched as a number of crew were in the vicinity of the Lifeboat Station on Coble Landing, Filey. The boat was crewed by Tom Barkley, Ben Hargreaves, Vanessa Thomas and Katie Pooley

Arriving at the scene, it was clear that the four persons had just about made it ashore but all four were in need of urgent medical assistance. Oxygen was administered by the crew and first aid given. The crew were assisted by the Coastguard Units from Filey and Bridlington.

As this casualty care was taking place, another male required medical help. Ambulances were requested and eventually all five casualties were transferred to three ambulances and taken to Scarborough Hospital.

John Ward, Lifeboat Press Officer said: “A direct page from the Coastguards always signals an urgent call. Luckily, there were a number of crew close to the boathouse. We cannot emphasise enough that everyone must be very careful when close to the sea. Inflatables are soon carried out in an offshore wind and rip currents can seriously affect a person’s ability to swim. Always dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard if there is a problem. Today was a job very well done. Many thanks to everyone who assisted in any way.”

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.

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