Scarborough north bay lifeguards return
Posted Saturday 04 July 2020 09:58 am
Lifeguards will return to the north bay in Scarborough this weekend, as the RNLI steps up its lifesaving service to coincide with the further easing of government restrictions on the tourism and hospitality industries.
Since lockdown restrictions were eased in May, the RNLI has worked hard to roll out professional lifeguard patrols on more than 100 beaches in England, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.
This weekend, that number will increase to more than 160, including the north bay. Lifeguards returned to the south bay last month. Cayton Bay remains without a lifeguard service.
New measures to deal with the coronavirus mean the RNLI lifeguard service looks a little different this year. Lifeguards will wear PPE like ambulance crews in some situations. New protocols for all first responders mean the lifeguards may not deal with some minor first-aid cases but will support people to treat themselves. They will try to keep socially distant from beach goers and may need to adopt different patrol methods at times, such as not using the red and yellow flags and asking people to keep apart but close to shore, to help keep people safe while maintaining social distancing.
The charity is continuing to urge anyone planning to visit the coast to make sure they keep themselves and their families safe by following beach safety advice. Anyone planning a visit to the coast should remember to:
* Have a plan - check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage
* Keep a close eye on your family - on the beach and in the water
* Don't allow your family to swim alone
* Don't use inflatables
* If you fall into the water unexpectedly, Float to Live. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and float
* In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the coastguard
The charity's regional lifesaving manager, Darren Lewis, said: "With schools not yet fully open and restrictions on foreign travel, we know this could be the busiest summer ever for our lifeguards and lifeboat crews. I want to thank all those lifeguards who have already started their patrols or are now preparing to get back on the beach. They know this will be a challenging summer and are doing a brilliant job helping to keep the public safe during this pandemic.
"We must all continue to be aware that the risks from the pandemic have not gone away, but if people work with us and the other emergency services by following social distancing and other government guidance, we hope to be able to continue to provide lifeguard services this season".
A spokesperson for the team responsible for beaches and bathing waters at Scarborough Council said: "We are really pleased that from this coming weekend, all but two of the beaches in our borough that would normally be patrolled by RNLI lifeguards at this time of year will have the service provided.
"The lifeguards are working in unprecedented times, dealing with the difficulties of operating during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, on top of the usual challenges they ordinarily face in their day-to-day job.
"We ask all beach users not to put themselves, their families, other beach users and the lifeguards at risk. Be responsible and sensible, pay attention to the messages conveyed by RNLI signs and flags and above all, stay safe."
P & P free shopping online
Posted Monday 29 June 2020 05:19 pm
While many charities are preparing to reopen their fundraising shops, Scarborough RNLI can't, unfortunately.
As most RNLI shops are within lifeboat stations and share facilities with crews, it is not be possible to reopen them. Visits to stations remain strictly limited in order to keep crews operational.
However, from this week, supporters can buy items from the RNLI's online shop at https://shop.rnli.org. They pay nothing for P&P by using a code which is unique to our station. It can be used until 31 July. The code is simple: Scarborough. This will enable the RNLI to work out how much extra revenue each shop has generated.
A new range of Christmas cards with lots of exciting improvements is available, along with 2021 calendars and diaries.
Busy 24 hours for crew
Posted Thursday 25 June 2020 04:35 pm
Scarborough RNLI was called into action by the coastguard three times over the last 24 hours.
Two shouts fell into the category of false alarm with good intent.
The inshore lifeboat launched at about 7.30pm yesterday when two paddle-boarders were reported missing. They turned up on the beach later and the lifeboat was stood down.
The second false alarm was to a report of an object in the water near the Holbeck landslip. The lifeboat launched at 8.30am today and discovered a dead seal.
In between the false alarms, both Scarborough RNLI lifeboats helped search for a missing person. The all-weather Shannon lifeboat hovered just offshore, shining its powerful search-light onto the rock armour and other parts of the shore between the harbour and Scalby Mills. This helped the three crew aboard the smaller vessel to see what they were doing.
The missing person was eventually found on land. The lifeboats launched at about 11.30pm and were rehoused by 1.30am.
It was a busy introduction to life on station for Roger Buxton, on his first day as Scarborough RNLI's latest deputy launch authority, the official who authorises launches.
Andy Volans, lifeboat operations manager, said: "The station welcomes Roger to the family but we do hope he will get easier shifts from now on".
Search off Filey Brigg
Posted Tuesday 23 June 2020 01:38 pm
Shannon launches to searchScarborough RNLI's all-weather Shannon lifeboat launched at 6pm yesterday when a person was thought to be in the sea, one nautical mile east of Filey Brigg.
The launch was triggered by the activation of a personal locator beacon, or PLB. Such radio-controlled devices are carried by many sea users in case of emergency.
However, after an extensive search of an area with a seven-mile radius, it emerged that the PLB had been activated accidentally.
The coastguard initiated the operation, which also involved Filey's all-weather and inshore lifeboats and the coastguard helicopter.
Shannon coxswain Lee Marton said: "On this occasion it was a false alarm, but carrying a PLB is good practice and can save lives".
Change of role for John
Posted Tuesday 23 June 2020 01:35 pm
Scarborough RNLI would like to thank John Kitto for his hard work and service with the lifeboat station as a deputy launch authority.
This role demands the person carries a pager and is available at all times when on the rota. He or she is the first contact for the coastguard when they need to launch a lifeboat.
Lifeboat operations manager Andrew Volans said: "John has now reached a certain age, but we won't be losing him from our team, however, as he has volunteered to take on the role of community safety officer. This is a busy role with a lot of face-to-face work with local groups and the public promoting water safety and the campaigns that the RNLI are running such as Respect the Water, Float to Live, beach safety and the dangers of tombstoning.
"Thank you John for your support in the past, especially all those launches in the middle of the night that you had! We look forward to seeing you doing your thing in the new role".
* Scarborough RNLI has welcomed a new deputy launch authority to succeed John. Roger Buxton is a former commodore of Scarborough Yacht Club.
Multi-agency search after American fighter plane ditched
Posted Tuesday 16 June 2020 03:00 pm
The search scene showing USAF helicopter and rig supply shipsCrews from Scarborough and Bridlington RNLI were part of a major, multi-agency search for an American military jet which crashed into the sea yesterday morning.
The F-15C Eagle, a single-seat fighter with a pilot on board, went into the sea 74 nautical miles off Flamborough Head. It was taking part in a routine training mission from 48th Fighter Wing based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk.
HM Coastguard tasked Scarborough and Bridlington RNLI to join the search operation just before 10am. Volunteer crews at both stations launched their Shannon all-weather lifeboats within minutes. Coordinated by the coastguard, they joined military aircraft, the coastguard helicopter and various other vessels in the search. Sea conditions were calm but the operation was made more difficult by low cloud cover and fog.
At 6.20pm on Monday, a spokesperson from 48th Fighter Wing confirmed the pilot as being deceased. He was named as 1st Lt. Kenneth Allen, from Utah.
Both lifeboats returned to their stations and were made ready for service by 10pm, after some 12 hours at sea.
Scarborough lifeboat coxswain Lee Marton said: "The crews and other volunteers of RNLI Bridlington and Scarborough would like to offer their deepest sympathies to the family of the pilot and to all at 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath.
Our Shannon lifeboats have a range of some 250 nautical miles and are perfectly suited to this kind of task, but any 12-hour operation takes its toll on the crews, especially when there is such a sad outcome.
I'd like to thank both volunteer crews and all parties involved in the search for their cooperation and professionalism during this major operation in what were very challenging conditions."
Images by John Huntley and Erik Woolcott
Filey lifeboat volunteer passes away
Posted Sunday 07 June 2020 08:45 am
Scarborough RNLI crew and other personnel send their heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of Filey lifeboat crew member Lee Cowling, who died yesterday.
Nocturnal search for ILB crew
Posted Monday 01 June 2020 06:03 pm
stock imageFears for the welfare of a missing person prompted the launch of Scarborough RNLI's inshore lifeboat last night.
The coastguard asked the charity's volunteers to join a nocturnal search.
The rescue vessel searched an extensive area between Holbeck and Scalby Mills but couldn't find the missing person.
The lifeboat, with a crew of three, launched at about 11pm and was stood down at about 3am.
ILB launched after wanted man ran into sea
Posted Sunday 31 May 2020 08:08 pm
Scarborough RNLI's inshore lifeboat launched today.
A man wanted by the police ran into the sea.
The lifeboat crew spoke to the man who eventually climbed into the lifeboat.
He was taken beach to the beach and led away by police officers.
Scarborough RNLI called to assist rescue of sinking fishing boat
Posted Sunday 31 May 2020 03:49 pm
A dozen Scarborough RNLI crew didn't get much sleep last night.
The coastguard despatched the all-weather Shannon lifeboat to a trawler which had capsized 95 miles north-east.
The fishing boat began listing to one side at about 8pm last night. It quickly overturned, giving the three crew no time to radio for help.
On a calm sea, the fishermen clambered onto the upturned hull but it was sinking fast. As it sank, it automatically released a life-raft and an emergency locator beacon. The crew hauled themselves into the life-raft and fired red flares into the night sky.
The coastguard issued a May Day to all vessels in the area, asking them to search for the boat and crew. One of the boats which joined the search found the crew and took them aboard.
The coastguard helicopter from Humberside airport arrived on scene and winched a paramedic down to check the crew, who were found to be uninjured.
The rescued crew were transferred to another fishing boat to take them to Whitby, whose all-weather lifeboat was on its way. The fishermen were transferred to the lifeboat.
Scarborough lifeboat, motoring at full steam ahead, was stood down before it reached the scene. The Shannon, with a crew of six, was back on the beach by 2.30am, to be greeted by six shore crew. It was recovered, washed down and rehoused within an hour. The crew were back in their beds by about 3.30am.
The coastguard said in a statement this morning: "The correct equipment can save your life. You might think we go on about it a bit, but we do it for good reason. And we think there are probably at least three people this morning who are thinking the same thing.
"This rescue goes to show that having the correct equipment really can save your life. The EPIRB (emergency position-indicating radio beacon) activation showed us exactly where the fishing vessel in trouble was.
"The crew also had flares, setting them off to further help the rescue response. You never know what will happen at sea. Even the most experienced people can be caught out by it. Be prepared. Have the right kit and know what to do".
Scarborough RNLI lifeboat operations manager Andy Volans said: "Despite the strange current situation, the core RNLI service is still able to respond when called. Respect the Water".
Lifeguards return to south bay Scarborough
Posted Friday 29 May 2020 05:43 pm
RNLI lifeguards will return to Scarborough's south bay tomorrow (Sat 30 May).
A spokesperson for the charity said: "We've been working hard to put on a lifeguard service as quickly as possible in the middle of the pandemic, with all the new challenges that involves.
"The phased roll-out of lifeguards on beaches began last weekend when they returned to their patrols at St Ouen beach in Jersey. This weekend, there will be lifeguard patrols on a further 16 beaches in England and we will be rolling out to a total of 70 beaches over the next few weeks".
Besides Scarborough's south bay, the other beaches are Bournemouth East, Broadstairs (Viking Bay), Camber Central, Constantine, Crosby, Croyde, Fistral, Gwithian, Longsands, Mawgan Porth, New Brighton, Perranporth, Polzeath, Sea Palling and Widemouth.
"Once the 70 beaches are rolled out, and there is no further spike in coronavirus or the reintroduction of restrictions, we are planning to put lifeguards on many more beaches over the summer season", the spokesperson added.
NB please note: south bay only, not the north bay
From the coastline to the frontline
Posted Friday 29 May 2020 06:21 pm
Being an RNLI volunteer requires dedication, courage and sacrifice. But some RNLI volunteers have had to sacrifice more than usual. It's no surprise that many RNLI volunteers are also hospital workers, paramedics and other key workers. The current situation means many of them are unable to volunteer for the RNLI. Having to isolate themselves from both their family and their fellow volunteers at the RNLI, so they can keep their friends and loved ones safe.
In this video, we spotlight volunteers from Scarborough, who have left the coastline to save lives at the frontline of the pandemic.
Video and article from RNLI.org national website
ILB crew involved in three hour search for missing person.
Posted Thursday 28 May 2020 06:34 am
Scarborough RNLI's inshore lifeboat spent over three hours in a multi-agency search for a missing person on Wednesday.
Tasked by the coastguard, the rescue vessel conducted a shoreline search between Scalby Mills and Cloughton Wyke, covering the same area twice.
One of the three crew members spotted the missing person and alerted the other agencies taking part in the search, who included the coastguards and the police. A helicopter was involved.
The lifeboat launched at about 5.20pm and was rehoused and ready for service by about 8.30pm.
Image and words Dave barry
Shannon called out to rescue fishing boat and one man crew
Posted Saturday 23 May 2020 05:56 pm
Scarborough RNLI was called out by the coastguard this afternoon when a small fishing coble got into difficulties half a mile out to sea.
The all-weather Shannon lifeboat launched at 3.10pm and was quickly on scene.
With a strong westerly wind blowing, the fishing boat, with one man aboard, was in danger of being blown further out to sea.
It was towed back to the safety of the harbour, to be met by the coastguard on the north wharf.
The lifeboat used a stern tow until it was near the harbour mouth, when it switched to an alongside tow.
Callout to Cayton Bay
Posted Thursday 21 May 2020 06:29 pm
This afternoon there was a callout to a vessel in possible distress in Cayton Bay. Scarborough's ILB launched but it proved to be a false alarm with good intent.