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Submerged van prompts dawn Bridlington RNLI launch

Lifeboats News Release

Bridlington RNLI were tasked this morning after a submerged van was seen close to Sewerby steps.

Bridlington RNLI launched just after dawn this morning (Tuesday 1 August 2023) after a van was seen submerged between the HM Coastguard station and Sewerby steps early this morning.

The van, which was found almost fully submerged, was spotted just after first light this morning with the HM Coastguards requesting the immediate launch of the Bridlington RNLI inshore lifeboat (ILB) ‘Ernie Wellings’ at 5:49am.

The volunteer crew of three launched within 10 minutes of the request and were on scene at 6:10am to find the van submerged just past its windscreen. A safe search was conducted of the vehicle and it was discovered that the van was unoccupied. The HM Coastguard and Police were updated and the volunteer RNLI crew were stood down and returned to beach by 6:20am.

Volunteer Helm of the ILB, Ash Traves said ‘We managed to get the ILB launched this morning and made good speed on a calm sea reaching the van in 10 minutes. We made a thorough and safe search of the van and ensured that no persons were trapped inside’.

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Bridlington RNLI lifeboat Ernie Wellings launched this morning.

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Bridlington RNLI lifeboat Ernie Wellings launched this morning.
Bridlington RNLI lifeboat Ernie Wellings returning to the beach after launching this morning.

RNLI/Mike Milner

Bridlington RNLI lifeboat Ernie Wellings returning to the beach after launching this morning.

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