Man rescued from rocks by Scarborough RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A man with a sprained ankle was rescued by Scarborough RNLI on Tuesday 11 August.

The rescue scene

RNLI/Will Watts

The rescue scene

The inshore lifeboat, with a crew of three, launched at 7.15pm and headed north to a point on the rocks halfway between Jackson’s Bay and Scalby Ness.

The casualty was being attended to by coastguards who had strapped him into a stretcher but were unable to extricate him, on an incoming tide.

He was taken aboard the lifeboat which dropped him off at the slipway by the Sands, where he was met by other coastguards.

A Scarborough RNLI spokesperson said: 'Everyone on the coast should have a plan - check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage.'

And please remember:

* Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water; don’t allow your family to swim alone; don’t use inflatables.

* If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs and float.

* Always visit an RNLI lifeguarded beach if you can - https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches.

  • If you see anyone injured or in distress on the coast, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.
RNLI Picture captions
The photos (by Will Watts and Kay Jackson) show the casualty being treated and placed in the lifeboat on the rocks then being taken from the lifeboat to shore in the north bay.

RNLI Media contacts

For details, please ring Scarborough RNLI press officer Dave Barry on 07890 322992.


The rescue scene

RNLI/Will Watts

The rescue scene
Lifeboat crew and coastguards lift the casualty from the lifeboat in the north bay

RNLI/Kay Jackson

Lifeboat crew and coastguards lift the casualty from the lifeboat in the north bay
Lifeboat crew and coastguards carry the casualty to shore

RNLI/Kay Jackson

Lifeboat crew and coastguards carry the casualty to shore

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