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Staithes and Runswick RNLI lifeboat assist in search for missing person

Lifeboats News Release

Staithes and Runswick RNLI’s volunteer crew was paged at 7.34pm on Sunday 19 May to launch to assist in locating a missing person at Port Mulgrave.

RNLI/James Stoker

Staithes and Runswick RNLI volunteers were paged at 7.34pm to launch to assist in the search for a missing person at Port Mulgrave

The lifeboat arrived on the scene at 7.50pm. At 8.10pm HM Coastguard stood the crew down after Coastguard officers located the missing person.

Staithes and Runswick RNLI lifeboat returned to station and was rehoused and made ready for service.

If you’re visiting the coast the RNLI’s safety advice is as follows;

  • It's not just the high cliff edges that are dangerous; you need to be careful around any edges by the sea or water. You can slip and fall anywhere, not just from the high spots.
  • Always tell someone where you're going and when you plan to be back.
  • Be careful when walking in the dark.
  • Watch your step on slippery surfaces.
  • Always take a way to call for help.
  • Always check the weather and tides. Getting cut off by the tide is a common reason for lifeboat launches. Look here for further info.

Notes to Editor

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

In 2024, the RNLI is celebrating 200 years - and counting, commemorating this remarkable past, celebrating our lifesaving achievements today, and inspiring a future where we can save every one. More information on RNLI 200 can be found at

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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