Both Filey lifeboats assist yacht in difficulty.

Lifeboats News Release

Both Filey lifeboats have been called out this afternoon (Friday 31st May) to assist a yacht which had become entangled on fishing gear.

Filey ALB and ILB alongside the yacht Dreamy

RNLI/Liam Frampton

Filey ALB and ILB alongside the yacht Dreamy

Just after 1.30pm, UK Coastguard (Humber) requested the launch of Filey’s Mersey class all-weather lifeboat (ALB), Keep Fit Association, to assist the 27 foot yacht, Dreamy, with two persons on board, which had become entangled on fishing gear about 250 yards south of Filey Bell Buoy which marks the end of Filey Brigg.

Within a very short time, the ALB had launched under the command of relief Coxswain/Mechanic Dave Horsley with Tom Barkley, Ian Butler, Jon Harrison, Sarah Scrivener and Liam Frampton as crew.

Once the lifeboat had arrived on scene, it was clear that the task of freeing the yacht would be extremely difficult and after a short time it was decided to ask Filey’s inshore lifeboat (ILB), Braund, to launch to assist. The ILB launched some three minutes later with Neil Cammish, Tyler Fawthrop and Fraser Haddington as crew.

Eventually the RNLI crews managed to cut the main parts of the fishing gear away from the yacht although its propeller was still wrapped in a large amount of rope. In view of this, it was agreed that the ALB should take the yacht in tow to Scarborough where the yacht’s crew would be able to disentangle the gear whilst the ILB returned to station.

John Ward, Filey Lifeboat Press Officer said: The yacht was completely entangled in the fishing gear so although the RNLI crew were able to free most of it, there was still quite a lot wrapped around the propeller. We hope that the crew manage to sort it all out before continuing their journey. Many thanks to all the Filey RNLI volunteers who attended this afternoon.

Filey ALB launching on service 31 May 2019

RNLI/Jules Macauley

Filey ALB launching on service 31 May 2019

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