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Two shouts in a day for Whitby RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Both of the station's lifeboats were launched to separate incidents on Sunday 12 June.

RNLI/Barry Brown

Whitby's all weather lifeboat returns to harbour with the stricken vessel under tow.
The first call came in at around 11am to alert the crew that there were two people trapped by the tide near Saltwick Nab.

The inshore lifeboat was launched and the RNLI volunteers quickly located the pair who had been fossil hunting.

The inshore lifeboat helm Andy Cass said: 'The two males had checked the tide times and chosen to make their trip three hours before high water, however a strong westerly wind made the tide flood quicker than expected and they were caught out. Things can change very quickly along the coast so we would urge people to be vigilant, be aware of your surroundings, and always carry a means of calling for help - you never know when you might need it.'

They were taken via the inshore lifeboat to Whitby Lifeboat station where safety advice was given.

Later that day at around 5.20pm a second call came in, this time to a 24ft boat with a rope caught in its propeller.

The vessel, with three people aboard, was approximately one mile north east of Whitby. A tow was established and the all-weather lifeboat, George and Mary Webb, towed the vessel safely back to Whitby Harbour.

The crew train regularly for these types of rescues, and are on call 24/7 to attend when incidents happen at sea.

If you notice anyone in difficulty in or near the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

For more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or at [email protected]

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