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Shannon called out to rescue fishing boat and one man crew

Posted Saturday 23 May 2020 05:56 pm

ShannonScarborough 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.

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Callout to Cayton Bay

Posted Thursday 21 May 2020 06:29 pm

CalloutThis 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.

New beach safety advice for lockdown

Posted Thursday 21 May 2020 05:01 pm

NewThe RNLI and the coastguard are launching a new beach safety campaign today (21 May), urging parents to protect their families by following key safety advice to save lives this summer.

Following the recent easing of nationwide lockdown restrictions in England and with children still off school, many more people are expected to visit the coast to exercise and take part in water-based activities.

Last year, RNLI lifeguards aided over 29,000 people on UK beaches in more than 17,000 incidents, saving 154 lives.

They helped to reunite nearly 1,800 lost children and teenagers with their families and aided 346 people in incidents involving inflatables.

Despite the ongoing challenges posed by coronavirus and social distancing, the RNLI still hopes to provide a lifeguard service on around 30% of the beaches the charity usually covers in time for the traditional peak summer season.

But at present, there are no RNLI lifeguards on beaches. While lifeboat crews and the coastguard are still on call ready to respond to emergencies, the message is clear: the charity needs the public to be aware of dangers, take responsibility for themselves and their loved ones and remember that, in an emergency, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

The RNLI's head of water safety, Gareth Morrison, said: "If our lifeguards were present on the beaches today, they would be preventing many incidents before they even occurred by directing people to safe swimming areas, highlighting dangers such as rip currents and advising people not to use inflatables. These preventive measures are not in place meaning people could find themselves in danger if they are not reading the signs and following the relevant safety advice.

"Our lifeguards are trained to swim 200m within three and a half minutes, and although our volunteer lifeboat crews are fully operational, should they be needed, they won't be able to reach you in the same time. It is important that anyone visiting the coast understands that the beach can be a dangerous environment and you must take more responsibility for you and your family this summer. No one ever goes to the coast to be rescued yet RNLI lifeguards rescue thousands each year".

Following key safety advice will keep people safe and also help to reduce the demands placed on lifeboat crews, the coastguard and other emergency services.

Last week's tragedy in Holland, resulting in the deaths of five experienced surfers, has highlighted again the perils of the sea, even for those who know what they are doing.

That's why parents are now being urged to take charge and be 'beach smart' if they visit the coast, to ensure they and their families have the safest summer possible, whether lifeguards are patrolling their beach or not.

Prominent Scarborough RNLI supportr dies at age 86.

Posted Friday 15 May 2020 12:17 pm

ProminentJohn Parkinson was a professional trustee of the Eric Plaxton Trust and worked with the RNLI on the commissioning of Scarborough's new lifeboat. John, who died on 19 April, was a VIP guest at the naming ceremony of the Frederick William Plaxton lifeboat and its launch-and-recovery system in April 2017.

Scarborough RNLI Mayday appeal

Posted Friday 01 May 2020 10:07 am

ScarboroughScarborough RNLI is encouraging supporters to save lives at sea by fundraising at home for its annual Mayday fundraising appeal, which launches today (1 May) and runs throughout the month.
Although we're all being asked to stay home, the lifesaving charity's volunteer lifeboat crews are still on call 24/7, ready to drop everything at a moment's notice when the pager sounds, to go out and save lives at sea.
Like many other charities and businesses, the RNLI is facing challenges when it comes to income. With all RNLI fundraising events cancelled due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the charity has launched a virtual Mayday appeal.
Mayday normally sees people taking part in group fundraising events but, due to the pandemic, the RNLI is taking the campaign online.
Following the success of the charity's recent Facebook Live Water Safety Wednesdays and virtual pub quiz, the RNLI has launched Cuppa with the Crew, a Facebook Live event on Friday 1 May, where followers can join Rich and Nat from Appledore lifeboat station for a cuppa, ask questions and enjoy a tea break. Supporters are asked to make a small donation of the price they would usually pay for a takeaway coffee or tea.
Other RNLI Mayday fundraising challenges include:
Step to it for Mayday. You can lap your garden, climb your stairs or count steps during your daily permitted exercise.
Lifesaver quiz. Using video-calling software, test your friends' and family's general knowledge skills, by hosting an online lifesaver quiz. We've even got some question suggestions to get you started.
H2Only. Can you do without your normal tipple for 10 days straight and drink only water?
Visit to find downloadable materials for all Mayday activities, get involved with our challenges and do something amazing from the safety of your home this May.

Rescue of fishing boat close to harbour

Posted Sunday 26 April 2020 09:51 pm

RescueScarborough RNLI's inshore lifeboat launched this afternoon when a fishing boat broke down close to the harbour.
On a calm sea, a couple of hours before high tide, the rescue vessel towed the small boat back to the harbour.
The charity's lifeboat, with a crew of three volunteers, launched at 5.10pm and returned a quarter of an hour later.
If you see anyone injured or in distress on the coast, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

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Photos by Erik Woolcott words by Dave Barry

Fishing boat rescued in early hours

Posted Friday 10 April 2020 03:43 pm

Boy Christopher after rescue
FishingScarborough RNLI went to the rescue when a steering failure crippled a fishing boat in the middle of the night.

The Fleetwood-registered Boy Christopher was 10 nautical miles north-east of Scarborough, on a calm sea.

The all-weather Shannon lifeboat launched shortly before 3am and reached the fishing boat soon afterwards. The lifeboat deployed a drogue, a tapered tube of heavy-duty material, to keep the rescued vessel straight while under tow.

The 17m fishing boat was towed back to the south bay, where the lifeboat moved alongside to push it against the outer wall of the West Pier. This enabled a rudder inspection and possible repair at low tide. The Boy Christopher returned to the harbour later.

On a high spring tide, the lifeboat was temporarily berthed alongside another vessel moored on the north wharf, to be rehoused at low tide.

By coincidence, the Boy Christopher happened to be putting out to sea the last time the Shannon had a shout, on 31 March.

The crew on the lifeboat were coxswain Lee Marton, mechanic Paul Huggins and crew members Jason Hedges, John Huntley, Erik Woolcott and Adam Sheader. The shore crew were Simon Loveland, Tabz Nixon, John Wallis, Phil Chittenden and Eve Lee.

Lifeboat operations manager Andy Volans said: "As ever, the ongoing Covid-19 situation does not affect the station's readiness and responsiveness to calls for help when required.

"Please keep safe and don't go in the sea or out to sea unless you have to".

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Stay safe during lockdown

Posted Thursday 09 April 2020 08:32 pm

StayUnder normal circumstances, many people would be heading to the coast this weekend to enjoy the Easter bank holiday.

Given the Covid-19 outbreak, Scarborough RNLI is urging everyone not to use the sea for exercise or recreation and to follow the Government instructions: stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

While we are all allowed out for daily exercise, the RNLI does not recommend that this exercise is on or in the sea. The charity's lifeboat service is still available but every time a lifeboat crew is called to an incident, it puts additional pressure on volunteers and other front-line emergency services as well as potentially exposing them to the virus.

You could be fully competent and you may have never needed rescue but by going out on the water you could encourage others who are less proficient to take part in similar activities.

We know people who live at the coast still want to exercise by the sea, but when you do this, please think of the potential impact of your actions on RNLI lifeboat volunteers and other emergency services.

Scalloper snares on net

Posted Tuesday 31 March 2020 11:15 am

Recovery after the callout to scalloper
ScalloperScarborough RNLI's all-weather Shannon lifeboat launched in the early hours this morning when a net snared a fishing boat's propeller.

However, the 34m Alcedo BA77 scalloper was 4.8m deep so couldn't be towed into the harbour at either Scarborough or Whitby.

The stricken vessel, built in Whitby and registered in Ballantrae, Scotland, was about 15 miles east of Scarborough, on a choppy sea.

The coastguard eventually decided that the best course of action was to call a commercial recovery vessel to tow it to Teesside.

It was raining and pitch black at sea when the lifeboat launched at 3.50am. It was back home not long after sunrise, by which time the clouds had cleared to bright sunshine. As the Shannon was beached and recovered, another fishing vessel, the Fleetwood-registered Boy Christopher, put out to sea.

The lifeboat's standard crew of six include the key roles of coxswain, navigator and mechanic, working to a rota. In accordance with guidelines on social distancing, the other volunteers who responded to their pager-alerts remained in their vehicles until chosen as crew. The rest were sent home.

The navigator was Wave Crookes, who was already planning to go to sea today. Wave and his partner Laura Robinson, a professor of geochemistry, run a company called Seagrown which is developing an offshore seaweed and shellfish farm four miles south-east of the harbour. They were going to check a new system for growing scallops in cages. But when Wave was on the lifeboat, he realised that the northerly swell which hit the coast at the weekend hadn't gone, so they will go tomorrow instead.

The mechanic was Kev Roberts, on his first shout since he qualified in the role. He said: "It was nice and smooth, with no trouble. Everything went as expected."

All the training over the last year stood Kev in good stead, including three visits to the RNLI training centre in Poole and countless hours at the lifeboat station and at sea.

All RNLI trainees have to balance their COBT (Competency Based Training) units with practical experience. "You can read everything you need to know in books but at the end of the day you need to be able to apply it practically as well", he said.

Kev's work wasn't finished when the lifeboat got back to to the lifeboathouse. Because of the Covid-19 virus, everything inside the boat has to be thoroughly disinfected after a shout. "We clean with normal cleaner then we wipe everything down from top to bottom with disinfectant."

The other boat crew were coxswain Lee Marton, Keith Eade, Mark Jenkinson and John Huntley. They were complemented by five shore crew: Tabz Nixon, John Kitto, Paul Huggins, Simon Loveland, John Wallis and Frank Wright.

Andy Volans, lifeboat operations manager, said: "Despite the current situation, the station is ready to respond to calls for help when required".

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Crew member offers free electrician services

Posted Sunday 29 March 2020 11:41 am

CrewA lifeboat crew member is one of countless altruistic Scarborough folk offering their services for free to the elderly and vulnerable during the virus crisis.
Electrician Paul Huggins is asking for no call-out fee and working the first hour free of charge; he reckons most basic faults can be found and sorted in an hour. The only charge will be for materials used, at cost.
Paul says: "I'm a big believer in community spirit and helping out when times are tough. I'm not medically trained so I can't help out with that but I am a fully qualified and experienced electrician.
"So from now until this bloody virus has done its worst, I'm offering my services to the elderly and vulnerable who have no-one else to help them in the Scarborough area, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as I can."
Anyone with elderly relatives or neighbours, or who knows someone vulnerable, can ring Paul for electrical help on 07764 353349.
He adds: "I will do my best to get to them and sort them out. I have masks and sprays in my van to disinfect stuff.
"This isn't a time to panic or get stressed out. It's a time to stop, think and keep a level head. It's a time to think of others and the most vulnerable in our world. Keep calm and carry on".

Over £2,200 has been raised for the RNLI

Posted Saturday 28 March 2020 11:01 am

OverOver £2,200 has been raised for the RNLI in memory of a retired seafarer who loved his life at sea.

Keith Wrightson died in a tragic road accident while walking home after attending a football game in Scarborough on 4 January.

Keith was in the merchant navy throughout his working life and retired as a captain a few years ago.

"He always supported anything to do with the RNLI," says Keith's wife Gill. "We used to buy our Christmas cards at the Scarborough RNLI shop. The charity was close to his heart".

A collection at the funeral raised £670 and a generous lifeboat supporter made a donation of £210 for an unworn pair of Keith's boots. These two sums were donated to Scarborough RNLI. A JustGiving page raised £1,322.17 for the national RNLI.

Gill and her family said they were deeply grateful to everyone who had contributed.

Andy Volans, Scarborough RNLI's lifeboat operations manager, said: "This is a wonderful donation supporting something that Keith held dear to his heart. The station sends our thanks and best wishes to Keith's family in this sad and troubled time. We hope we can thank Mrs Wrightson in person when normal times return".

Two longstanding volunteers pass away

Posted Friday 20 March 2020 10:10 am

Scarborough lifeboat station's flag is at half-mast, after two long-serving volunteers passed away.
Lesley Hopkins and Cassi Pelucci (pictured) joined the team in 2001 when the shop in the old station was relaunched, recalls manager Mike Turner.
Lesley's funeral was at Woodlands crematorium on Thursday, at 10.30am.
Cassi's funeral will be at St Mary's Church on 26 March, at 12.30pm.
Scarborough RNLI sends sympathy and condolences to all Lesley and Cassi's family and friends.

Corona virus cancellations

Posted Tuesday 17 March 2020 10:32 am

As a result of the corona virus outbreak, Scarborough lifeboat station, including the shop, is now accessible only to crew on duty and those responding to their pagers.

We thank all our supporters and volunteers who have always been welcome to visit the station and trust you understand that this decision has been taken to enable us to keep our crew healthy and able to continue saving lives at sea.

Several fundraising events in aid of Scarborough RNLI have been cancelled. They include Scarborough Ladies Lifeboat Guild's coffee morning at Park Manor Hotel on 24 March, an 80s dance at the Royal Hotel on 28 March and a model-boat show at the lifeboat station on 18 April.

Joint exercise

Posted Sunday 15 March 2020 03:05 pm

JointScarborough and Whitby lifeboats teamed up for a joint exercise halfway between the two towns on Sunday morning. It involved the principals of towing. The all-weather lifeboats took turns setting up astern tows so their crews could practise this important procedure.

Tesco donation of £25,000

Posted Thursday 27 February 2020 06:30 pm

Tesco presents cheque to Scarborough RNLI
TescoTesco has donated £25,000 to Scarborough RNLI.
Each time a customer shopped at a Tesco store during the chain's centenary year in 2019, they were offered a token at the checkout. They used the token to vote for one of the charities profiled in store foyers.
Token programme manager Amanda Scrimgeour, Tesco Scarborough team manager Christopher Windsor and staff from Tesco stores in Hull and Driffield visited the lifeboat station to present a cheque. Mr Windsor took his children, Nathan and Jessica.
They are pictured with RNLI personnel Will Watts, Michael Cowper, Mark Jenkinson, Eve Lee, Lee Marton, Phil Chittenden, Colin Woodhead, Andy Volans and Dave Grieves.

Photo by Kay Jackson