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Whitby RNLI lifeboats launch to fishing vessel in shallow water.

Lifeboats News Release

Both the all-weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat were launched yesterday evening (29 June) after a fishing vessel suffered engine failure.

RNLI/Ian Taylor

The RNLI lifeboats escort the vessel safely back through the harbour entrance.
The call came in around 5pm last night that the vessel had lost power, due to the location of the vessel it was decided that the inshore lifeboat would be launched as it could reach the boat in shallow water.

The local coastguard team helped locates the vessel from a vantage point on land, and a tow was established.

The all-weather lifeboat escorted the inshore lifeboat as it safely towed the vessel, with four people aboard, back to harbour.

Safety advice was given and no further assistance was required.

Whitby RNLI Coxswain Howard Fields said ‘Thank you to the local coastguard team who assisted in this rescue and to our own volunteers who used their skills developed on training exercises to safely and quickly establish a tow.’

If you get into difficulty on the water phone 999 and ask for the coastguard.

For more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 06813359428 or at ceri_oakes@hotmail.com.
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