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Accidental locator activation triggers Scarborough RNLI launch

Lifeboats News Release

Scarborough RNLI’s all-weather Shannon lifeboat launched at 6pm yesterday (Mon 22 June) when a person was thought to be in the sea, one nautical mile east of Filey Brigg.

The Shannon launch

RNLI/Dave Barry

The Shannon launch

The launch was triggered by the activation of a personal locator beacon, or PLB. Such radio-controlled devices are carried by many sea users in case of emergency.

However, after an extensive search of an area with a seven-mile radius, it emerged that the PLB had been activated accidentally.

The coastguard initiated the operation, which also involved Filey’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats and the coastguard helicopter.

Shannon coxswain Lee Marton said: 'On this occasion it was a false alarm, but carrying a PLB is good practice and can save lives'.

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

The lifeboat speeds away

RNLI/Dave Barry

The lifeboat speeds away

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