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First shout as helm for volunteer Josh on inshore lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Both Whitby RNLI lifeboats were called out yesterday (1 June) to reports of an overturned vessel.

Julian Goodwill captured the all weather lifeboat on camera as it left the harbour

Julian Goodwill
The call came in just after midday that walkers had spotted an overturned boat in the water from the cliff path near Hawsker.
The inshore lifeboat was launched immediately followed by the Trent class all weather lifeboat.

Meanwhile the Costguard headed out on foot to meet the informants and keep a visual on the vessel.

The lifeboats quickly located it and found it was a large rowing boat and not in any danger.

Both boats returned to the lifeboat station, and the crew headed back to the Emergency Services weekend which was taking place in Whitby.

It’s a busy time for volunteer Josh Jones who as well as volunteering for the lifeboat crew and recently qualifying as a helm also welcomed his third child into the world last week.

Josh said: ‘It was a great to put my skills to the test and take the helm on the inshore lifeboat. We were relieved to get there and find that no one was in danger but we are always grateful for the vigilance of the public in reporting anything they are concerned about. The call was made with good intent.’

If you see anyone in trouble in the water call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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

Julian Goodwill

Julian Goodwill captured the inshore lifeboat on camera as it left the harbour

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