Scarborough RNLI

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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

Made it in under 24 hours!

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Posted Saturday 19 October 2019 08:47 am by


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It's just gone 18:00hrs and Area Lifesaving Manager, Dave Scott, has started his run just outside Blubberhouses. We're very sorry if you're caught up in that line of traffic, it's for a very good cause! All donations go towards saving lives at sea!
See donation page link below.

Posted Friday 18 October 2019 07:21 pm by

Knaresborough reached

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We've just reached Knaresborough and ILB Senior Helm / ALB Mechanic, Matt Marks has taken over! Show him some support!

Posted Friday 18 October 2019 05:18 pm by

Afternoon update

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Posted Friday 18 October 2019 04:19 pm by

Going at last

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(Words and photos by Scarborough RNLI press officer Dave Barry)

And they're off! After months of preparation, the 145-mile Scarborough to Blackpool relay run by Scarborough lifeboat crew set off in the dark at 7am today. Coxswain Lee Marton and deputy launching authority John Senior were interviewed live on air by BBC Radio York's Mike Kemp a few minutes before they left. The team was in high spirits. Pete McGeown was first to run, taking the steep Stepney Hill on the outskirts of town in his stride. Accompanied by three support vehicles, the team are taking it in turns to run from Scarborough lifeboat station to Blackpool's. They are each running about 10 miles, with some doing up to 30 miles over a 29-hour period today and tomorrow. Anyone who would like to make a donation should go to the Justgiving website and search for Scarborough to Blackpool or Lee Marton. In addition, each crew member will raise money through a sponsorship form and there will be bucket collections along the way.

Posted Friday 18 October 2019 11:59 am by

National award for station's treasurer

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Scarborough RNLI's treasurer has been recognised for his voluntary work in the community.
Ian Bennett received the past-president's award from the Association of Accounting Technicians at a conference at the botanical gardens in Birmingham.
It was presented to Ian by the AAT's immediate past president Vernon Anderson, who said it had been inaugurated in 1994 for members who make an exceptional contribution to the AAT's development or bring credit to the AAT by their service or example.
"The theme chosen for the 2018 award was 'giving something back through voluntary activity'. The awards panel was looking to recognise the voluntary contributions made in local communities by members. This theme underpins the AAT's commitment to the wider responsible business agenda".
Vernon continued: "This year the theme for the award afforded the panel the opportunity to recognise the unsung contributions that members make. We know there are many AAT members who give up valuable time, volunteering to support local communities up and down the country".
Ian, who joined the AAT in the year it was founded, 1981, "has been able to utilise his experience in order to ensure the accuracy of the accounts figures he produces for Scarborough RNLI", Vernon said.
"As well as producing the accounts, Ian helps out in other ways, dealing with the collection boxes and processing donations, for example".

Posted Monday 14 October 2019 10:38 am by

Ready for off

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Pictures and words by RNLI press officer Dave Barry

A dozen Scarborough lifeboat crew have been training intensively for a 145-mile relay run from their lifeboat station to Blackpool's.
With less than a week to go, the runners are keen to get as fit as they can, to raise funds for the RNLI.
They will take turns to run 10 miles, with some doing up to 30 miles over a 29-hour period on 18 and 19 October.
Operation Scarblack, as it has been dubbed, will be a tough challenge as it passes through the Yorkshire Dales.
Two support vehicles will accompany the runners, one at the front, one at the back. The first one belongs to the RNLI; the second has been loaned by Scarborough Lions.
Live progress reports will be posted on this Facebook page.
Anyone who would like to chip in should go to the Justgiving website and search for Lee Marton. In addition, each crew member will raise money through a sponsorship form and there will be bucket collections along the way.
The photos show some of the runners in training on the beach, along with minibus drivers Erik Woolcott and Phil Chittenden.
If you want to pledge / donate money please go to Just Giving website (opens in new window or tab)

Posted Sunday 13 October 2019 10:37 am by

£500 supper

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£500 was raised for Scarborough RNLI at a fish and chip supper at Walkers restaurant in East Ayton on Thursday. A fun quiz was hosted by Colin Woodhead, who chairs the lifeboat committee. The supper was organised by Scarborough RNLI's events team, who said they were very grateful to everyone who had helped, especially the restaurant staff.

Posted Monday 07 October 2019 10:39 am by

Saturday Swim Safe sessions at north bay.

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Swim Safe is returning to Scarborough with two FREE sessions as part of the Scarborough Surf Festival on Saturday 5 October.

The sessions at 11am and 1pm have been generously funded by the Children's University.

Swim Safe is a FREE outdoor swimming activity from Swim England and the RNLI teaching children aged 7-14 essential water safety life skills.

The fun, 1-hour sessions are run by qualified swimming instructors and lifeguards, and include:

- Open water safety advice provided on land
- Up to 30 minutes in-water tuition with qualified instructors
- All the right kit for swimming outdoors (including swimming hats, wetsuits and flotation equipment).

Children must be aged 7-14 and able to swim 25 metres unaided to take part.

Book your child's free place today!

Posted Friday 04 October 2019 08:50 am by

Volunteer crew member rescues dog whilst teaching surf class in north bay

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An old dog was rescued by an off-duty Scarborough RNLI crew member.

The black labrador had been taken for a walk on the north beach and was swimming out to sea.

Matt Jones, a volunteer on the inshore and offshore lifeboats, was just about to start a surf lesson with some children when the dog owner came running along the beach in a panic.

"He explained the dog was quite old but enjoyed the water", Matt said. "It appeared to be swimming out to sea near Mascus Rocks. I told my colleague to call 999 and ask for the coastguard just in case it kept going.

"I then paddled out on a foamie surfboard to assist it. As I got near, it started to submerge and swallow water. I managed to get hold of it by the neck and paddle back to shore. Then I had to use a surfboard leash so the owner could walk it home".

Matt's swift reactions were appreciated by the lucky dog's grateful owner. "The chap came back down to the beach yesterday to say thank you", said Matt, who runs a company called Coastal Concepts. It specialises in water-safety training and education and surf coaching programmes. Matt was previously an RNLI lifeguard superviser.

The inshore lifeboat was launched to assist but wasn't needed. It was the second time that day - Monday - that the coastguard coastguard requested the RNLI's help. Earlier on, the lifeboat was asked to help the coastguard and police with a search for a missing person who was thought to be between Hayburn Wyke and Cloughton.

Posted Thursday 26 September 2019 02:05 pm by