First shout of 2023 for Whitby RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The inshore lifeboat was launched today (Monday 2 January) after reports of a surfer in difficulty.

RNLI/Ceri Oakes

Leah Hunter, helm on the inshore lifeboat shout
Both the RNLI and HM Coastguard attended the ravine area of Whitby where the surfer was spotted.

The inshore lifeboat crew reached the surfer and established that they were in fact okay and that the call had been made with good intent by a member of the public.

Helm on the inshore lifeboat, Leah Hunter said: ‘We would like to thank the person who made the call for being vigilant, we would always say if you’re in any doubt as to whether someone may be in difficulty in the water, make the call. We would always rather turn out and find out that the person is safe - it’s what we’re here for.’

If you do spot someone in trouble in the water please contact the Coastguard by dialling 999.

For more information contact lifeboat press officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428

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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.

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