Bridlington RNLI responds after reports of an emergency radar signal

Lifeboats News Release

Bridlington Shannon class lifeboat launched at 7.57pm on Thursday (28 March) after the UK Coastguard had received a call from a vessel that an emergency beacon signal had shown up on their Radar.

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RNLI volunteers briefed before going to sea
The Search and Rescue Transponder known as (SART) is used by various vessels at sea from a basic life raft to a large tanker.
When a vessel is in danger of sinking an emergency signal beacon is transmitted that can be picked up by the radar on vessels in the area.
The search and rescue incident was overseen by the Humber Coastguard and the Bridlington lifeboat was joined in the search by a Coastguard helicopter and a number of other boats in the area.
The position given to the RNLI volunteer crew to search was originally 38 miles East North East of Flamborough Head but as the Shannon crew searched the area they were requested to change course to cover up to 50 miles North North East of Bridlington.
With nothing found the search was called off around midnight by the Coastguard leaving the RNLI lifeboat to head for home arriving on the beach at 2.23am on Friday morning
During their time at sea the lifeboat crew had sailed a distance of 95 miles to and from the incident and searched an area of almost 40 square miles.


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Shannon moves towards the beach

RNLI/Andy Brompton

Returning to the station

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Area covered during the search

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