Scarborough RNLI responds after girl is swept out to sea when surfing
Scarborough RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was called out yesterday afternoon (Friday 17 September) when a girl got into difficulties.
The girl was on a surfboard in Cayton Bay when she got in to difficulty and was being swept out to sea.
The charity's lifeboat, with three volunteer crew members onboard, launched at about 3.15pm. Before they reached the scene, the girl had been rescued by two surfers who took her safely back to shore.
The lifeboat crew offered medical assistance but it wasn’t required.Speaking following the call out, Scarborough RNLI’s Community Safety Officer Dave Grieves said: 'We would like to wish the girl well and commend the two surfers who reached her first. We would remind people to always check the wind and tides ahead of their planned activity and try to go with a group. Stay within your capabilities and if in doubt don’t go. Should you get into difficulty or see someone else in trouble, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.'
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.