Flamborough RNLI volunteers rescue two men adrift in inflatable dinghy

Lifeboats News Release

Flamborough RNLI volunteer crew rescued two men who were adrift in an inflatable dinghy off North Landing on Sunday afternoon.

The Atlantic 85 RNLI lifeboat Elizabeth Jane Palmer was launched on service at 12.55 pm on Sunday 18 August tasked with locating an inflatable dinghy which had been reported to have two people on board requiring assistance one and half miles off North Landing, Flamborough.

A speedy response of volunteer crew saw the lifeboat at sea within seven minutes of receiving the call. Flamborough RNLI have an average response time of nine minutes.

The volunteer crew located the dinghy to find it was rapidly deflating with two adults on board. The casualties were transferred to Flamborough RNLI lifeboat and taken to the beach at North Landing where Coastguard personnel were waiting.

Flamborough RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, David Freeman said: 'This incident highlights the need for caution and to be aware of prevailing weather conditions and suitability of craft when going to sea.'

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.