RNLI lifeboat crew and lifeguards assist jet ski in Scarborough's North Bay

Lifeboats News Release

On 5 September at 12:15pm, Scarborough’s inshore lifeboat launched with a volunteer crew of three tasked to assist a jet ski with two people on board in North Bay.

Wayne Hart

Lifeboat crew member assists jet ski in Scarborough

The jet ski had suffered engine failure and had started to drift out to sea with the tide. A member of the RNLI lifeguard team had paddled out on a rescue board to the stricken craft to offer assistance.

Once on scene, the lifeboat and her crew transported all the people back to the safety of the beach before taking the jet ski under tow which had drifted nearly two miles out to sea by the time the operation was complete.

The jet ski was well prepared for sea safety carrying a VHF radio and flares and the crew of two were wearing appropriate lifejackets. The RNLI recommends all watercraft to carry this equipment to call for help and to survive at sea, if and when the need arises.

‘If you’re out at sea, whether that’s for pleasure or work, always make sure you have a way of calling for help.’, recommends inshore lifeboat helm, Rob Gaunt, ‘Take the time to check your equipment, the tides and weather, and the local area, and if things still go wrong – we’ll be there to help.'

If you see anyone injured or in distress on the coast, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

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