Busy Sunday off the Filey coast for RNLI crews

Lifeboats News Release

Filey RNLI Lifeboat crew were called out twice today (Sunday 12 May) whilst Scarborough RNLI crew were also called to Filey Brigg.

Filey ALB taking Sophie Eleanor into Bridlington Harbour

RNLI/Trevor Hedges

Filey ALB taking Sophie Eleanor into Bridlington Harbour

At 9.55am, UK Coastguard (Humber) requested the launch of Filey’s Mersey Class all-weather lifeboat (ALB), Keep Fit Association, to assist a 25 foot fishing vessel, Sophie Eleanor, which had engine problems at the end of Filey Brigg.

Within a few minutes, the ALB had launched under the command of Coxswain/Mechanic Neil Cammish with Matt Wilkins, Tom Barkley, Ian Butler, Vanessa Thomas and Fraser Haddington as crew.

The Sophie Eleanor was taken in tow and returned safely to Bridlington Harbour just under three hours after the initial call.

Meanwhile, Scarborough’s Shannon Class all-weather lifeboat was called to another vessel which was experiencing engine difficulties also at the end of Filey Brigg. This boat was taken back to Scarborough.

Just as Filey’s ALB had been manoeuvred back into the boathouse, UK Coastguard (Humber) requested the launch of Filey’s inshore lifeboat (ILB), Braund, to a kayaker in difficulty.

Luckily as the ILB reached the water’s edge with Tom Barkley, Callum Garton and Jamie Brant as crew, the kayaker managed to make it safely to shore. However, the coastguards asked the ILB to remain at the water’s edge until the crew of a capsized sailing dinghy had managed to right the boat.

John Ward, Filey Lifeboat Press Officer said: “It’s proved to be a very busy day off the Filey Coastline today. Many thanks to Scarborough ALB crew for dealing with the 2nd boat. And special thanks to the large number of Filey’s crew who attended the incidents. They were all jobs well done.”

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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