Both Filey lifeboats launched in run-up to changes.
Just 3 days before it is being retired from active service, Filey’s Mersey Class all-weather lifeboat (ALB), "Keep Fit Association", was called into action this afternoon. (Monday 26th April 2021)
Just after 4pm, UK Coastguard (Humber) requested the launch of both Filey’s lifeboats to assist Coastguard Rescue Teams from Filey and Scarborough as well as North Yorkshire Police and the Yorkshire Police Support aeroplane.
As it was shortly before high water, the inshore lifeboat (ILB), (D728 Braund) was quickly launched with Fraser Haddington, Vanessa Thomas and Joe Butcher as crew. A couple of minutes later, the ALB was launched under the command Coxswain / Mechanic Neil Cammish with Ian Butler, Gary Wilson, Tyler Fawthrop, Liam Frampton and Dougie Ward as crew
Both boats covered an area from Hunmanby Gap to the south of Filey to a place known locally as Chimney Hole to the north of Filey Brigg in a search for a missing person.
After more than two hours searching in cold conditions and with nothing found, both boats were stood down by UK Coastguard and returned to Coble Landing, Filey where they were recovered and made ready for service.
John Ward, Filey Lifeboat Press Officer said: “Both our boats were quickly launched today. Nothing was found but our crews covered the area quite extensively. At the same time other members of the lifeboat crew continued the training on board the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat which will be replacing the all-weather lifeboat this week. Many thanks to all the crew who attended today for their hard work”
Notes to editors
- Filey Lifeboat Station was founded in 1804. It currently operates both a Mersey-Class All-Weather Lifeboat and an Inshore Lifeboat. The all-weather lifeboat is due to be replaced by an Atlantic 85 lifeboat at the end of April 2021.To learn more about the lifeboat station go to Filey Lifeboat Station Facebook page.
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