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Drifting inflatable interrupts Bridlington RNLI Open Day

Lifeboats News Release

Bridlington RNLI were tasked yesterday afternoon whilst holding the annual Open Day.

Bridlington RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launch on Open Day rescue.

RNLI/Mike Milner

Bridlington RNLI Inshore Lifeboat launch on Open Day rescue.

Bridlington RNLI Open Day was interrupted yesterday (Saturday 29 July 2023) after an inflatable was spotted being taken out to sea on the offshore wind close to the North Pier, Bridlington.

The helm and coxswain, along with the Deputy Launch Authority for the day, were amongst the crew entertaining the crowd of visitors at the Open Day when they spotted a small inflatable dingy being carried out to sea on the wind with little prospect of returning to the shore without assistance.

The coxswain promptly called the HM Coastguards who at 3:20pm requested the immediate launch of the Bridlington RNLI inshore lifeboat (ILB) ‘Ernie Wellings’. The volunteer crew of three launched at 3:23pm arriving on the scene within a matter of minutes taking the two adult males in the inflatable on board. The ILB arrived back to the south beach at 3:33pm with the rescued males, who were safe and well and very grateful for the crew’s assistance. Water safety advice was given to the rescued males.

Volunteer Helm of the ILB, Ash Traves said ‘Quick intervention in this launch has prevented what could have turned into something much more serious, with a freshening offshore wind dragging the inflatable out to sea in a matter of minutes. Thankfully this was averted by the prompt action of the volunteer crew’.

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Bridlington boat and shore crew from yesterdays rescue.

RNLI/Mike Milner

Bridlington boat and shore crew from yesterdays rescue.

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