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Filey RNLI assist Coastguards in search for teenagers

Lifeboats News Release

Both Filey RNLI lifeboats were called out late this afternoon (Sunday 17 March) to assist Coastguard Rescue Teams to search for three teenagers.

Boat launching in to moderate seas.

RNLI/John Ward

Filey all-weather lifeboat launching

Just after 5pm, UK Coastguard (Humber) requested the launch of Filey’s Mersey class all-weather lifeboat (ALB), Keep Fit Association, and Filey’s inshore lifeboat (ILB), Braund, to assist Coastguard Rescue Teams from Filey and Scarborough search for three teenagers who believed that they had been cut off by the tide about two miles north of Filey Brigg in an area locally known as Chimney Hole.

A short time later, the ILB launched with Tom Barkley, Gary Wilson and Liam Frampton as crew. In view of the sea conditions and the squally winds and showers, the ALB launched shortly afterwards under the command of Coxswain/Mechanic Neil Cammish with Matt Wilkins, Ian Butler, Callum Garton, Jules Macauley and Lewis Frampton as crew.

Both lifeboats carried out searches in the area. Fortunately the teenagers were spotted by a Coastguard Team which had gone down the cliffs to search amongst the rocks and beach.

In view of the sea conditions, it was decided that the teenagers should be evacuated up the cliffs by the Coastguard teams where they were handed in to the care of the ambulance service.

Both lifeboats returned to station and were re-carriaged by 7.30pm.

John Ward, Filey Lifeboat Press Officer said: 'This afternoon was an excellent example of the close liaison between ourselves and the Coastguard Rescue Teams. A job very well done with a very successful outcome. Thanks to everyone involved.'

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 Station Facebook page.

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