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Whitby RNLIs inshore lifeboat tows pleasure craft to safety.

Lifeboats News Release

The small boat had broken down just North of the harbour.

RNLI/Ceri Oakes

Stock photo of Whitby's D Class inshore lifeboat
The volunteer crew at Whitby were paged at around 4.30pm after the passengers aboard the vessel made a call for help to the Coastguard.

They launched the inshore lifeboat and quickly located the small pleasure boat with three on board, just North of Whitby harbour.

The vessel has suffered engine failure and required a tow back to the safety of the harbour.

Helm on the inshore lifeboat, Jonathan Marr said: 'We train regularly with towing exercises and the conditions we're good so we were able to quickly bring the boat to safety.

We were pleased to see those aboard were wearing lifejackets and had a means for calling for help.'

If you see someone in trouble on the water dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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

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