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Cleethorpes RNLI rescue ten people from Humberston Sandbank

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Cleethorpes Lifeboat were tasked just after 8pm on 11 August to reports of several people trapped on the ‘Whaleback’ sandbank near Humberston.

RNLI/Matt McNally

Cleethorpes Coastguard Rescue Team arrived on scene as the lifeboat was launching and guided the RNLI crew to the group, who were well cut off and attempting to cross the now fast-flowing creek as the tide continued to rise.

Arriving at the location, the RNLI team found ten children with ages ranging from 7 to 18, and brought them back to Cleethorpes where they were reunited with their very relieved and grateful parents.

Cleethorpes RNLI Helm, Chris Jordison, explained: “This is by far the most people I’ve ever rescued onto the boat at a single time. The sandbank they were stuck on is very easy to be caught out by and they did the right thing by obeying the instructions of the Coastguard and not attempting to cross the creek.”

This was Cleethorpes lifeboat’s second tasking of the day; earlier in the day they had been asked to assist in a search for two missing children in Cleethorpes, who were found safely ashore before the boat launched.

The charity’s volunteers in Cleethorpes have now been called upon to launch on service 33 times in 2020, and are seeing increased demand on previous years as visitor numbers to the resort continue to rise.


For more information, contact Matt McNally, Lifeboat Press Officer Cleethorpes RNLI 07771-797556.

RNLI/Matt McNally

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