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Bridlington RNLI inshore lifeboat called to assist drifting boat

Lifeboats News Release

Bridlington RNLI’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) received an assistance call on Friday evening in order to assist a small boat which had lost its outboard motor power.

Volunteer Crew arriving home after evening call out

RNLI/Mike Milner

ILB Ernie Wellings

Bridlington’s inshore lifeboat, D-852 Ernie Wellings was launched at 7:30pm with a crew of four on the evening of Friday (24 June) to assist a 4.5 metre open boat with a crew of two which had lost its outboard motor power shortly after launching and was drifting some 300 metres from the Seaside Caravan Site between Barmston and Ulrome south of Bridlington.

The volunteer RNLI crew arrived with the small boat at 7:50pm and took the small boat under tow, escorting it back to shore with the assistance of the Coastguards. The crew of the ILB arrived safely back on the beach at Bridlington at 8:44pm.

Bridlington RNLI Volunteer Helm Joff Pearson said: ‘Thankfully on this occasion the casualties had means of contacting the Coastguard for assistance. They were drifting off land and in fading daylight after losing all means of propulsion. A swift response and slick launch from all crew allowed us to locate the casualty vessel quickly. A fantastic team effort by all involved, and one to highlight the importance of having means of raising the alarm should you need help.’

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For more information, please contact Mike Milner, Bridlington RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer: [email protected] or call:07751-054052.

Recovery underway after evening launch

RNLI/Mike Milner

Recovery after launch

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