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First launch on service for Whitby RNLI Lifeboat, Lois Ivan

Lifeboats News Release

The all weather lifeboat was tasked to search for a person cut off by the tide.

RNLI/Ceri Oakes

Stock photo of Whitby Lifeboat Lois Ivan
At around 3pm this afternoon (Saturday 16 September) a call came in that a person and their dog were trapped by the incoming tide at Robin Hood’s Bay, south of Whitby.

Initially Whitby RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched to search the coastline, but due to the rough sea conditions and strong winds it was decided that the all weather lifeboat should also launch as a precaution.

This meant that the casualties could be transferred to the Shannon class lifeboat if needed.

The inshore lifeboat crew began searching the coastline alongside the local coastguard crews from Whitby and Ravenscar, who made a search of the shoreline on foot.

During the search a report was made to the Coastguard that the walker had managed to make their own way to safet, both lifeboats were stood down and returned to Whitby Lifeboat station.

Station mechanic Richard Dowson said: ‘Not only was this our first shout on our new lifeboat Lois Ivan, but it was also the first shout for some of our newest crew members on station. Well done to the crew on the inshore lifeboat who faced challenging conditions for the search - they did a brilliant job.'

Richard also shared some top tips for visiting the coast:

Always check the tide times

Plan your exit route off the beach

Always carry a means of calling for help

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

For more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07814459428 or at [email protected]

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