Withernsea's inshore lifeboat the Mary Beal has first call out on service
On Saturday 15 June, Withernsea RNLI volunteers were called out to a fishing vessel suffering mechanical failure three miles east of Withernsea. This was the Mary Beal's first callout.
At 12.26pm the inshore lifeboat was tasked by the coastguard to tow in the broken down vessel.
Three volunteer crew responded to the call. Once alongside the casualty vessel, Helmsman Matthew Woodhouse went aboard to assist with their anchor recovery and to check all of the crew on the vessel were well.
The inshore lifeboat recovered the fishing vessel to Withernsea beach. The job lasting a total of 45 minutes.
RNLI Helmsman Darren Hickey, said: 'It was a great effort from the crew both on shore and within the boat. Shaun Harris is a fairly new crew member and is still learning, today he carried out his role professionally and his confidence is growing.’
Matthew Woodhouse commented: 'Safety advice was given to the owner on board the vessel, a tow was established quickly and on a personal note it was pleasing to be on
Mary Beal's first call out for Withernsea, both the crew and the boat handled the situation well.’
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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 over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, 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.