Busy spell for Scarborough RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Scarborough RNLI was called into action by the coastguard three times in 24 hours, across Wed 24 and Thu 25 June.

The all-weather Shannon lifeboat in Scarborough's north bay

RNLI/Kay Jackson

The all-weather Shannon lifeboat in Scarborough's north bay
Two shouts fell into the category of false alarm with good intent.

The inshore lifeboat launched at about 7.30pm on 24 June when two paddle-boarders were reported missing. They turned up on the beach later and the lifeboat was stood down.

The second false alarm was to a report of an object in the water near the Holbeck landslip. The lifeboat launched at 8.30am on 25 June and discovered a dead seal.

In between the false alarms, both Scarborough RNLI lifeboats helped search for a missing person. The all-weather Shannon lifeboat hovered just offshore, shining its powerful search-light onto the rock armour and other parts of the shore between the harbour and Scalby Mills. This helped the three crew aboard the smaller vessel to see what they were doing.

The missing person was eventually found on land. The lifeboats launched at about 11.30pm and were rehoused by 1.30am.

It was a busy introduction to life on station for Roger Buxton, on his first day as Scarborough RNLI’s latest deputy launch authority, the official who authorises launches.

Andy Volans, lifeboat operations manager, said: 'The station welcomes Roger to the family but we do hope he will get easier shifts from now on'.



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

The inshore lifeboat

RNLI/Kay Jackson

The inshore lifeboat
The Shannon is recovered

RNLI/Erik Woolcott

The Shannon is recovered
The inshore lifeboat launches

RNLI/Erik Woolcott

The inshore lifeboat launches
Roger Buxton

RNLI/Andy Volans

Roger Buxton

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