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Two shouts in 24 hours for Whitby’s inshore lifeboat.

Lifeboats News Release

A woman and her dogs were rescued on 22 July after she slipped on rocks injuring her ankle.


Am injured walker and her dogs are rescued by Whitby RNLI crew

The woman was unable to make her way to safety over the rock armour near Whitby’s East Pier and sent another member of the party to call for help.

The second person was able to scramble over the rocks to get a phone signal and dialled 999.

The coastguard sent their crews on foot as well as requesting Whitby RNLI’s inshore lifeboat to launch.

The casualty was quickly located, and transferred to the inshore lifeboat along with her pet dogs and taken to safety.

The casualty was advised to rest and ice the swollen ankle.

Leah Hunter who was helm on the inshore lifeboat said: 'thanks to the quick actions of the party calling 999 we were able to rescue the lady and her dogs. Things can change quickly along the coast - if you find yourself in trouble dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.'

The inshore lifeboat was then launched a second time in the early hours of Sunday 23 July.

It was the first shout for newly qualified Adam Wright as helm.

Reports came in at around 3am that there was a person in the water in the harbour.

Luckily on arrival at the scene the person had already been retrieved from the water by the Coastguard and the crew of a nearby yacht.

The casualty, who was suffering from hypothermia, was taken to the lifeboat station along with a paramedic until an ambulance arrived.

RNLI volunteer Adam Wright said: 'Thanks to the yacht owners and the Coastguard whose quick actions have most likely saved a life. Hypothermia can set in very quickly in cold water, even in summer.'

Whitby RNLI crew are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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


Am injured walker and her dogs are rescued by Whitby RNLI crew

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