Whitby RNLI took part in a large scale multi agency training exercise today.

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Part of Whitby harbour was cordoned off as the fire, ambulance, coastguard and RNLI crews worked together to rescue 'casualties' aboard a passenger vessel.

Whitby's inshore lifeboat attending a training rescue exercise with Whitby Coastguard crews.

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Whitby's inshore lifeboat attending a training rescue exercise with Whitby Coastguard crews.
The exercise which took place today (Friday 8 October) involved actors on board the Summer Queen, a passenger vessel from Whitby. The emergency services gathered at Dock End and waited to be briefed as the incident unfolded.

Whitby RNLI's inshore lifeboat was tasked to a man overboard from the vessel, which was a dummy lost at sea just outside the harbour entrance.

The inshore lifeboat liaised with the coastguard for an accurate location and managed to successfully retrieve the dummy and return it to the boathouse.

Meanwhile HM Coastgaurd, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service were rescuing around 20 'casualties' from the Summer Queen. The Harbour staff were also involved in helping to co-ordinate the exercise.

Volunteer crew member for Whitby RNLI Ally Brisby said: 'It was fantastic to see the different rescue agencies working together, without the pressure of it being a real life incident. It was an amazing opportunity to get to know the people we often work alongside on rescues, and to undergo practical, hands-on training for a large-scale emergency.'

For more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or at ceri_oakes@hotmail.com





Whitby's inshore lifeboat attending a training rescue exercise with Whitby Coastguard crews.

RNLI/Ceri Oakes

Whitby's inshore lifeboat attending a training rescue exercise with Whitby Coastguard crews.
The rescue scenario took place in the upper harbour with passenger vessel Summer Queen

RNLI/Ceri Oakes

The rescue scenario took place in the upper harbour with passenger vessel Summer Queen
Coastguard and Ambulance crews attend the scene on foot

RNLI/Ceri Oakes

Coastguard and Ambulance crews attend the scene on foot

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