60th Shout of 2022 for Redcar RNLI
At 2.23pm on Saturday 13 August the volunteer crew of Redcar RNLI were paged to help find and rescue a small fishing vessel lost in dense fog somewhere off the coast of Redcar.
The crew of the Atlantic 85 Leicester Challenge III lifeboat, who were ashore supporting the Staithes and Runswick RNLI Lifeboat day responded immediately.
Nathan Hobday, Helm of the Atlantic 85 said: ‘Saturday's shout was a real navigational challenge for the crew. After a prolonged passage to Staithes for their annual lifeboat weekend in very poor visibility, the crew were tasked back to Redcar not long after our arrival.
‘Visibility at times was down to 10m in front of the lifeboat and this call was one of the few occasions in my 13 years as crew that we had to utilise every single navigational aid on the lifeboat to locate the casualty vessel. The fishing vessel was located using our directional finder and radar in only 40cm of water on the edge of West Scar.'
The vessel was then guided by the lifeboat back to the safety of Redcar Beach. Only then could the Atlantic 85 return to Staithes where they were involved in rescue demonstrations put on for the crowds who were attending Staithes and Runswick RNLI Lifeboat weekend celebrations.
Mike Picknett Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI said: ‘This was our 60th job this year and it proved to be a real challenge for our crew because of the dense fog. Regular training in navigation and search and rescue methods proved to be invaluable in helping to find the lost fishing vessel and this really highlights the professionalism and dedication shown by all our volunteer crew.'
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