Staithes and Runswick RNLI Lifeboat launched to assist boat in difficulty
Staithes and Runswick RNLI Lifeboat was launched shortly after 10am on Wednesday 25 August to assist a 17ft pleasure boat experiencing engine problems near some rocks.
The boat with four people aboard including two young children, was in the location of Boulby Cliffs and was in danger of being washed ashore onto rocks by a northerly wind.
Considering the proximity of the casualty vessel to rocks and the shallowing water depth, an RNLI crew member swam to the stricken vessel with a towing line enabling the boat to be towed to safety.
The vessel was towed to Staithes Harbour where advice was offered to the boat owner with respect to safety equipment necessary on all vessels.
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