Bridlington and Flamborough RNLI volunteers save two injured kayakers

Lifeboats News Release

The two lifeboat stations worked together to help two kayakers in difficulty on Saturday evening.

An inshore lifeboat approaching a headland

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Bridlington's inshore lifeboat approaches the scene.
The Flamborough lifeboat was the first to be tasked to the scene at 7:42pm on Saturday evening in response to reports of two kayakers that had capsized near the Breil Newk headland. The two kayakers had made their way to the shore but had suffered cuts and bruises in doing so. The decision was then made that two volunteers from Flamborough lifeboat station would swim to the casualties to further assess the situation.

Because of the location of the pair and the UK Coastguard helicopter being on another call, Bridlington RNLI's inshore lifeboat (ILB) was tasked with extracting the casualties. On arrival at the scene the lifeboat crew negotiated the swell and backwash with the help of the Flamborough lifeboat volunteers to reach the men. From there the kayakers were taken to the waiting Flamborough lifeboat to be taken to shore to have their injuries assessed.

Bridlington ILB's helm for this job was Ad Trower who explained: 'We couldn't wait for the tide to make the job easier due to the men's condition, they needed to be taken off, but with the two Flamborough crew there to guide us in it made the job easier.'

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and this rescue would not have been possible without charitable donations. Bridlington RNLI is hosting a virtual lifeboat weekend from the 25 July, anyone wishing to donate can visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bridlington-lifeboats?fbclid=IwAR2etA9g_yXEQRP0VTX-LqLHc7tw4Yde9erMdVdZHtLzkEw9hjLO8deXS3E.
Bridlington and Flamborough's lifeboats close together at sea

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The smaller lifeboat from Bridlington assisted the Flamborough lifeboat
Bridlington's ILB at sea

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Bridlington's ILB at sea
Bridlington's lifeboat is recovered

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The lifeboat is towed back to shore after the rescue
A lifeboat is being cleaned by the crew

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The lifeboat is cleaned after being at sea, ready for the next shout.

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