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Whitby RNLI lifeboat called to sinking coble

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteers at Whitby lifeboat station launched their all-weather lifeboat yesterday morning (Wednesday 16 January) after a fishing boat raised a mayday alarm when it began to take on water.

Mark Cole

Assist of fishing boat

The small fishing boat with three people on board was damaged after striking an object in the water and began taking on water between Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay.

The crew aboard were using a bucket and a small pump when the lifeboat arrived and provided a larger pump for the task. The cobble was then chaperoned to Whitby Harbour where it was lifted out of the water at the local marine.

One of the charity’s volunteers involved in the rescue said: 'We were glad to see the boat had the correct equipment on board in order to remove the water from their vessel, we were happy to offer extra assistance to make sure the boat and those aboard made it back to harbour quickly and safely.'

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