Staithes and Runswick RNLI Search for Stricken Boat off the North East Coast

Lifeboats News Release

Staithes and Runswick lifeboat was paged at 8:40am on Sunday morning (13 September 2020).

The lifeboat launched at 8:45am being tasked to locate and recover a small angling boat with one occupant aboard suffering engine failure and drifting out to sea approximately one mile off the coast of Skinningrove.

Weather conditions were poor with winds of approximately 40 knots and waves around one metre in weight. Fortunately, the 16ft vessel was quickly located and towed to the safety of Staithes harbour.

The occupant of the boat was uninjured and most grateful for the actions of Staithes and Runswick lifeboat crew. HM Coastguard also attended Staithes Harbour to offer assistance and safety advice to the angler.

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