Two shouts in two days for Bridlington RNLI this weekend

Lifeboats News Release

Bridlington RNLI volunteers were kept busy this weekend when they responded to two shouts in as many days.

Bridlington's all-weather lifeboat approaches Fraisthorpe Beach

RNLI/Jordan Harrison

Bridlington's all-weather lifeboat was already at sea when Sunday's call-out came in.

The shout on Saturday saw Bridlington’s D-class inshore lifeboat (ILB) Ernie Wellings respond to reports of a paddle boarder in difficulty. Fortunately a Coastguard team managed to assist the paddle boarder and help him ashore, just as the ILB reached the water’s edge. The lifeboat was still launched as a precaution at the request of the Coastguard.

Sunday’s shout came as the crew were already afloat in the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) as they were practising search and rescue exercises around five miles east of Bridlington. A foil surfer was reported to be in difficulty just off Fraisthorpe Beach and so the crew were tasked with providing assistance to the man who had reportedly been in the water for nearly half an hour.

The all-weather lifeboat reached the scene in around eight minutes and assisted the casualty who said he was ‘cold and exhausted.’ The man and his foil surfing board were taken aboard the lifeboat until the man was transferred into the care of a Coastguard team that had waded out to meet the boat.

The ALB then took the man’s board back to the boathouse in Bridlington, before resuming the planned search and rescue exercise. The volunteer crew at Bridlington would like to encourage people to check the RNLI's website to ensure they are taking all the necessary precautions when enjoying time at the coast as coronavirus restrictions are gradually lifted across the country.

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For more information please contact William Gray, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Bridlington on: 07816 134 712 or email: William_Gray@rnli.org.uk



A Coastguard team in the water, taken from aboard the all-weather lifeboat

RNLI/Sarah Berrey

The Coastguard team were able to wade out to the ALB on Sunday's shout
A foil surf board secured to the front of the ALB

RNLI/Jordan Harrison

Once the man's foil board was returned to the boathouse the ALB crew continued with their planned exercise.
The all-weather lifeboat crew assisting the foil surfer.

RNLI/Jordan Harrison

The all-weather lifeboat crew helped the man until the Coastguard team arrived.

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