Bridlington RNLI lifeboat volunteers assist windsurfer

Lifeboats News Release

Bridlington RNLI's inshore lifeboat was launched on Sunday after reports of a windsurfer in trouble.

An inshore lifeboat is launched from Bridlington beach

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The inshore lifeboat launches from Bridlington beach
Volunteers at Bridlington RNLI were paged and launched the inshore lifeboat at 1:44pm on Sunday (24 May) to assist a windsurfer off Wilsthorpe beach, just south of Bridlington. The man was one of a number of board sailors and it was a fellow windsurfer who raised the alarm, staying with the man until the lifeboat arrived.

At the scene the casualty was lifted onto the lifeboat and assessed. Inshore lifeboat helm Andy Webber said "the man told us he was not feeling well but had improved while he was in the water." The decision was made to take the man back to shore where the Coastguard took over his care. The volunteer crew members then returned to collect the man's board.

RNLI crews continue to provide a fully operational, round the clock rescue service throughout the coronavirus crisis and have launched a joint campaign with HM Coastguard to promote beach safety. When visiting the seaside this summer, the public are urged to read local safety signs, to not use inflatables, to look out for their family and help save lives.
A Coastguard vehicle awaits the return of the inshore lifeboat on Bridlington beach

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The Coastguard awaits the return of Bridlington inshore lifeboat
The inshore lifeboat on the shore of Bridlington beach

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The inshore lifeboat returns to Bridlington beach.
The inshore lifeboat is towed back to the boathouse

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The lifeboat is towed back to the boathouse
The lifeboat is stored at Bridlington boathouse

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The ILB is returned to Bridlington boathouse

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