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Staithes and Runswick RNLI lifeboat launch to broken down boat

Lifeboats News Release

Staithes and Runswick RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews were tasked by the Coastguard at 11.57am on 30 September 2023 to locate a 21 foot angling boat which had suffered engine failure just over four miles north of Staithes.

RNLI/James Stoker

Staithes and Runswick RNLI lifeboat B-897 Sheila and Dennis Tongue III ready for service.

Lee Jackson, helm of Staithes and Runswick lifeboat said: ‘Upon assessing the situation it was decided the safest course of action would be to take the casualty vessel under tow to the nearest practical and safe harbour.

‘This was a routine tow in favourable weather conditions, albeit quite a long one at just over nine miles’

Because of low tides at Staithes the vessel was taken under tow to Whitby, arriving just after 2.00pm.

Staithes and Runswick lifeboat returned to station at 3.00pm.

Notes to Editor

Staithes and Runswick RNLI lifeboat has been in operation since 1978 with Atlantic B-Class inshore lifeboats (ILB’s). The present ILB at the station B-897 Sheila and Dennis Tongue III has been on station since 2016.

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