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Scarborough RNLI and Coastguard in joint operation

Lifeboats News Release

Scarborough RNLI and the Coastguard helicopter searched for a vessel in distress last night (Tuesday 5 October).

The lifeboat is recovered by the Shannon launch-and-recovery system, aka SLARS.

RNLI/Dave Barry

The lifeboat is recovered by the Shannon launch-and-recovery system, aka SLARS.

The joint operation was triggered by an emergency locator beacon.

The emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) is a portable, battery-powered radio transmitter used in emergencies to locate planes, vessels and people in distress and in need of immediate rescue.

In an emergency, such as a ship sinking or a plane crashing, the device is activated and begins transmitting a continuous radio signal which is used by search-and-rescue teams to quickly locate the emergency and render aid.

Such a signal was picked up by the coastguard, which triggered the deployment of the all-weather Shannon lifeboat and helicopter. They searched an area off Cayton bay. However, the signal abruptly ceased and the emergency services were stood down.

The tide was high, with insufficient room on the beach to land the Shannon so it was moored in the harbour for a couple of hours before being rehoused.

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For details, please call Scarborough RNLI press officer Dave Barry on 07890 322992.

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