Whitby RNLI launch inshore lifeboat after report of struggling vessel.

Lifeboats News Release

The call came in that vessel was potentially capsized at around 2pm this afternoon (Monday 25 May.)

Stock image of Whitby's inshore lifeboat

RNLI/Ceri Oakes

Stock image of Whitby's inshore lifeboat
With Whitby Coastguard checking visually from the cliffs at Kettleness, Whitby RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat to search for the stricken vessel.

A small pleasure boat was found north of Sandsend, and upon speaking to the people on board it was established that they were not in any difficulty but had been drifting while sea-fishing.

The local Coastguard team managed to locate the first informants who had noticed the boat from the cliffs and upon seeing it drifting were concerned it had capsized. Satisfied that this was a call with good-intent and no boats were in danger the RNLI crew were stood down and returned to the lifeboat station.

Whitby RNLI Coxswain Howard Fields said: 'The caller did the right thing by alerting the coastguard, it is always better to check out a situation rather than assuming everything is ok. This is a great example of two agencies working together to quickly respond and establish the facts for the safest possible outcome, so thank you to the local Coastguard team.'

If you spot someone in difficulty along the coast dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

For more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or at ceri_oakes@hotmail.com

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