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Rip tide safety advice




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Scarborough RNLI would like to offer its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the man who died in a rip tide at Reighton last week.

Rip currents occur on many beaches including Scarborough's.

They can be transient, with the sand causing them to move with each tide. They may exist only at certain stages of the tide.

These images were taken on Saturday by a coastguard rescue team on routine patrol, showing a rip current.

They can be difficult to spot but have the power to sweep even the strongest and experienced beachgoer out to sea - some are three times faster than an Olympic swimmer.


The RNLI offers the following advice:

* If you can, always choose a lifeguarded beach, swim between the yellow and red flags and take advice from the lifeguards;

* To break the grip of a rip, don't try to swim against it or you'll get exhausted;

* If you can stand, wade but don't swim;

* If you can, swim parallel to the shore until free of the rip and then head for shore;

Raise your hand, shout for help;
If you see anyone injured or in distress on the coast, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard;

* Do not enter the water as you may just add to the number of people who need rescuing.


Posted Tuesday 27 July 2021 06:25 am by



Weevers and jelly fish advice




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Watch out for weevers and jelly fish, paddlers and swimmers!

Despite their small size, weever fish pack a nasty punch if you stand on them.

They like to bury themselves in soft sand so are often in the sea on our most popular beaches.

For a fish that's only two inches long, you wouldn't think it posed a threat. However, many adults and children step on them every year. They have a poisonous spine on their backs.

Scarborough RNLI offers advice on the little stingers, which are known to frequent our beaches: try and wear flip flops in the water.

Many jelly fish have been spotted in the north and south bays this summer, stinging unsuspecting sea-users with their trailing tentacles.

The RNLI, whose lifeguards have given first aid for many stings, say: "If you see them, get out of the water".


Posted Tuesday 27 July 2021 06:20 am by



ILB voluteers rescue jetski in north bay




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Photo by Fred Tiles

Scarborough RNLI's inshore lifeboat was called out last night when a jetski got into difficulties in the north bay.

The crew of three volunteers were told where it had last been spotted and were just about to start a search pattern when they found it. The driver and his partner were on the beach.

The jetski was upside down and partly submerged in the choppy water, about a quarter of a mile out to sea.

The lifeboat team were aware that the jetski could become a hazard to navigation and decided it was safe to tow it to shore, where they were helped by coastguards.

It emerged that the driver had forgotten to insert a drain plug which had allowed the engine to flood.


Posted Tuesday 27 July 2021 06:15 am by



Swim safe Donna receives award




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Scarborough RNLI fundraiser and founder of the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund, Donna Loveland, has received a British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours, in recognition of her outstanding work in fundraising and water safety.
In February 2015 Andrew McGeown, aged 32, lost his life after entering the North Sea in Scarborough's South Bay whilst attempting to save his dog, Arnold. Donna set up the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund in his name, with the intention of funding the Swim Safe programme in her local area.
Swim Safe was created by Swim England and the RNLI in 2013 to help children aged 7-14 stay safe while enjoying swimming outdoors through practical sessions offering vital water safety skills, free of charge. From with a single scheme in Cornwall, Swim Safe has grown into a national programme, spanning 30 sites across the UK and helping thousands of children learn how to stay safe in the water.
Swim Safe was established in Scarborough in 2015. Since then, more than 4,500 children have taken part in sessions at Scarborough and Bridlington. Donna's tireless dedication has seen her raise over £45,000 for the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund and Swim Safe whilst also promoting water safety and the dangers of the coast through local awareness campaigns, marketing and school visits.
The award was presented by Jo Ropner, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, at a ceremony at the Camp Hill estate near Bedale on 7 July which was delayed from 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Donna is incredibly deserving of the award and the crew here at Scarborough RNLI couldn't be prouder to be associated with her and the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund.


Posted Saturday 17 July 2021 08:25 pm by



Scouts raise funds




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The 37th Scarborough St Columba's Cubs visited Scarborough Lifeboat Station on Tuesday to present the crew with a donation.
The cubs, aged between eight and ten, raised an incredible £195 during a sponsored walk in Scarborough.
The funds raised will go towards further training and equipment for Scarborough Lifeboat and the volunteer crews to continue to save lives at sea.
Scarborough Lifeboat Operations Manager, Andy Volans, said, 'It's great generosity and community spirit the keeps organisations like the RNLI and the cubs operating. From everyone here at the station, we thank the 37th Scarborough and District Cubs for their support and amazing efforts.'


Posted Saturday 17 July 2021 08:21 pm by



Paintings donated for fundraising




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Photo Credit: RNLI/Erik Woolcott

Scarborough Lifeboat Station was presented with an original painting today depicting the all-weather lifeboat, Frederick William Plaxton, in Scarborough's South Bay.

The paintings were kindly donated and expertly created by Malcolm M G East and will be auctioned in the future to raise funds to help the charity's lifeboat and her volunteer crew to continue to save lives at sea.

From the entire crew here, we'd like to send a warm and heartfelt thank you to Malcolm for his kind and generous donation.


Posted Saturday 17 July 2021 08:18 pm by



The RNLI rescue the RNLI




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Images by Lucy Collins

When one of the charity's lifeguard jet-skis broke down in the north bay, the inshore lifeboat was despatched to lend a hand.
At high tide, with precious little room for manoeuvre, the powerless jet-ski was drifting towards the rock armour around the castle headland.
The lifeboat launched at about 4.15pm and towed the jet-ski to the middle of the north-bay beach, near the lifeguard station.
Helm Matt Marks commented: "It shows how useful it is on a jet-ski to have a VHF radio."


Posted Sunday 27 June 2021 09:57 am by



ALB volunteers tow fishing boat to safety..




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Images by John Huntley and Kay Jackson

Scarborough RNLI was called out this afternoon when a fishing boat's engine broke down, seven nautical miles north east.
The all-weather Shannon lifeboat, with a crew of six, launched at 2.40pm and towed the stricken vessel back to the harbour.


Posted Wednesday 16 June 2021 06:56 am by



Newe ILB inaugral shout.




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Image by Erik Woolcott

Scarborough RNLI's new inshore lifeboat had its inaugural shout on Sunday evening

The D-Class John Wesley Hillard IV launched at 8.50pm to a report of five people in a dingy in the south bay, near the Spa. The sea was calm and the tide high.

But they managed to return to the shore by the time the lifeboat could reach them and were with the coastguards.

The RNLI advises anyone considering putting out to sea in a dingy to be aware of the danger of being swept to to sea.


Posted Tuesday 15 June 2021 06:24 am by



New ILB arrives at Scarborough lifeboat




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Images Erik Woolcott

D-856 John Wesley Hillard IV, the D-Class inshore lifeboat, arrived on station for the first time on Thursday 10 June 2021.



Station Coxswain, Lee Marton, and Station Mechanic, Dave Horsely, prepared and checked over Scarborough's new lifeboat thoroughly before a volunteer crew of three climbed aboard for sea trials in South Bay led by Lee.



Once the trials were complete, the charity's new inshore lifeboat was officially put on service at around 1 pm and will remain on service for an approximate 10-year commission.



D-856 John Wesley Hillard IV was funded by The Gay and Peter Hartley's Hillards Charitable Trust who has been a longstanding supporter of Scarborough Lifeboat Station and has funded the previous three inshore lifeboats.



The previous inshore lifeboat, D-724 John Wesley Hillard III, was relieved after serving 11 years and 6 months on station in which it was launched on service 208 times, saving seven lives and aiding a total of 191 people.



Notable services include the rescue of Ravi Saini in July 2020 when he found himself in difficulty in South Bay and was carried out to sea with the tide. Ravi remembered the 'Float to Live' advice offered by the RNLI which saved his life as the inshore lifeboat found him calm and floating on his back.



The RNLI's D-Class inshore lifeboat is a 5 metre RIB capable of travelling at 25 knots and has been the workhorse of the RNLI for over 50 years. They are highly manoeuvrable and usually operate closer to shore than the all-weather lifeboats. They come into their own for searches and rescues in the surf, shallow water and confined locations - often close to cliffs, among rocks and even inside caves.


Posted Saturday 12 June 2021 06:57 am by