Humber lifeboat involved with multi-agency service call

Lifeboats News Release

On Friday evening (30 July), Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the Humber RNLI lifeboat to a motor sailing vessel that had lost all power with two people on board and was aground on a lee shore two miles west of Cleethorpes.

Humber Lifeboat alongside Humber Rescue and casualty vessel berthed up on a mooring at Hull Cruising Association

Cleethorpes Coast Guard

Safely Alongside
At 8:40pm RNLB Pride of the Humber with RNLI Coxswain Jamie White in command slipped the moorings, and once clear of the shipping channels controlled by VTS (Vessel Traffic Services) proceeded at best speed and arrived at the estimated position of the stricken vessel.

Due to having loss of power aboard the vessel, the only line of communication was by mobile telephone between the vessel and Humber Coastguard therefore, the given position was an estimated one.

The lifeboat commenced a search from Cleethorpes towards Grimsby and with the assistance of the VTS control room, the vessel was located aground at 9pm.

Coxswain White manoeuvred the lifeboat in as close as possible, but due to the shallow water on scene, the lifeboat was not able to close in any further, the weather on scene was N/W 5 - 6 with failing light, and with communication with Humber Coastguard the option of launching the Y-Boat was deferred, and the Coastguard requested the launch of Humber Rescue to assist.

Humber Rescue arrived alongside the Humber RNLI lifeboat at 10:12pm for a brief from Coxswain White. Humber Rescue then closed into the vessel and all on aboard were confirmed to be okay.

After assessing the scene, the decision was then made that undertaking a tow was necessary and the safest way to assist the casualties.

A tow was established, and Humber Rescue proceeded to HCA (Humber Cruising Association) Grimsby docks escorted by Humber lifeboat and arrived at 11:15pm.

Cleethorpes Mobile Coastguard Unit was in attendance on the pontoon to assist with the berthing of the vessel.

Humber lifeboat then proceeded back to Spurn Point and was made ready for service at 01.15am.

Humber Lifeboat Station would like to pass on their thanks to Humber Rescue, Cleethorpes Coastguard and VTS Humber for their assistance in this multi-agency service.

Notes to editors

The attached photo shows Humber lifeboat, Pride Of The Humber, Humber Rescue Boat and Cleethorpes Coast guard at 11:15pm Friday 27 July at the Humber Cruising Association pontoon, Grimsby docks.

Credit: Cleethorpes Coastguard

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