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‘This station project heralds an exciting era in Scarborough RNLI's rich and long lifesaving history. ’ Andrew Ashton, RNLI Divisional Operations Manager

Paddleboarders rescued in Cayton Bay

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On Tuesday 4 August at 12:10 pm, the inshore lifeboat launched with a volunteer crew of three tasked to assist a family in difficulty in Cayton Bay.
The family of three were stand-up paddleboarding when an offshore wind started to take them out to sea. A SUP instructor from the nearby watersports centre tried hard to help but was not able to get out to the family.
The inshore lifeboat collected the family and delivered them safely to the beach where Humber Coastguard was waiting with hot drinks and blankets.
Offshore winds are winds blowing from the land and out to sea. These can be particularly dangerous for inflatables as they can be pushed by the wind out to open sea very quickly which also makes it incredibly difficult to paddle back to shore.
The RNLI offers the following advice to paddleboarders...
* tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back
* wear your leash so you don't lose your board
* launch and recover between the black and white flags
* check the weather forecast and tide times
* consider other water users - learn surf etiquette and
rights of way
* find a quieter spot if the line-up is really busy.
* go alone
* leave without a signalling or communication device
* paddle in offshore winds without safety boat cover
* underestimate the forces of nature but be aware of
your environment
* ditch your board - it will keep you afloat in an emergency
and make you easier to find
* get on the water in conditions above your capability.
If you or your children are struggling in the water, remember: FLOAT TO LIVE.
If you see anyone injured or in distress on the coast, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

Posted Wednesday 05 August 2020 08:14 am by

Ten year old rescued in south bay by ILB crew

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At 7:02 pm on Friday 31 July, Scarborough's inshore lifeboat with a volunteer crew of three launched to assist Humber Coastguard and North Yorkshire Police in the search of a 10-year-old who'd been missing in the sea in South Bay for nearly an hour.
The boy had been reported missing near Scarborough Spa. A shoreline search was conducted by the lifeboat crew and recovered the boy near Vincent Pier after having been swept by the tide and wind nearly the entire distance across South Bay.
He was found floating on his back in the water with his arms and legs spread shouting for help - precisely the advice that the RNLI gives to anyone in the water needing assistance.
Lee Marton, Coxswain at Scarborough Lifeboat Station, takes up the story: 'We were told that he'd been watching lifeboat rescues on the BBC documentary Saving Lives at Sea and had followed the advice given on the show.
'We're very much in awe of this incredible lad, who managed to remain calm and follow safety advice to the letter in terrifying and stressful circumstances. Had he not, the outcome might have been very different.'
The boy was escorted to the lifeboat station where he was reunited with his family before being taken for a precautionary check-up at Scarborough Hospital by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
If you or your children are struggling in the water, remember: FLOAT TO LIVE.
If you see anyone injured or in distress on the coast, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

Posted Saturday 01 August 2020 09:21 am by

Online shop free postage offer ends soon

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Don't forget folks, you have until 31 July to place your postage-free order with the RNLI's online shop.
No minimum spend and there is a great choice of gifts, clothing, household and garden items, as well as greetings and Christmas cards, diaries and calendars.
To receive free postage all you have to do is quote 'Scarborough' in the discount box when paying.
Don't miss out on this offer, as you will be contributing to Scarborough's total of shop-generated sales. We currently stand at number six in the charts of shops who are involved in this initiative.
Thank you on behalf of the Scarborough shop volunteers and the RNLI to all who have made purchases so far.

Posted Monday 20 July 2020 05:51 pm by

Kayaker falls from craft

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Photos by Erik Woolcott

Scarborough RNLI's inshore lifeboat launched at about 8pm last night to help a kayaker.
The crew of three were told the kayaker had fallen out of the craft and needed rescuing.
But the lifeboat was stood down en route when the crew were informed by radio that the kayaker had managed to get back into the kayak and was safely back onshore.

Posted Wednesday 15 July 2020 08:52 am by

Scarborough north bay lifeguards return

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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."

Posted Saturday 04 July 2020 09:58 am by

P & P free shopping online

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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 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.

Posted Monday 29 June 2020 05:19 pm by

Busy 24 hours for crew

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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".

Posted Thursday 25 June 2020 04:35 pm by

Search off Filey Brigg

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Scarborough 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".

Posted Tuesday 23 June 2020 01:38 pm by

Change of role for John

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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.

Posted Tuesday 23 June 2020 01:35 pm by

Multi-agency search after American fighter plane ditched

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Images by John Huntley and Erik Woolcott

Crews 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."

Posted Tuesday 16 June 2020 03:00 pm by