Fishing coble rescued by Scarborough lifeboat
Scarborough RNLI was called out by the coastguard this afternoon when a small fishing coble got into difficulties half a mile out to sea.
The all-weather Shannon lifeboat launched at 3.10pm (Saturday 23 May) and was quickly on scene.
With a strong westerly wind blowing, the fishing boat, with one man aboard, was in danger of being blown further out to sea.
It was towed back to the safety of the harbour, to be met by the coastguard on the North Wharf.
The charity's lifeboat, crewed by volunteers, used a stern tow until it was near the harbour mouth, when it switched to an alongside tow.
* For details, ring Scarborough RNLI press officer Dave Barry on 07890 322992
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.