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Lifeguards return to south bay Scarborough

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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

Posted Friday 29 May 2020 05:43 pm by

From the coastline to the frontline

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Video and article from national website

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.

Posted Friday 29 May 2020 06:21 pm by

ILB crew involved in three hour search for missing person.

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Image and words Dave barry

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.

Posted Thursday 28 May 2020 06:34 am by

Shannon called out to rescue fishing boat and one man crew

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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.

Posted Saturday 23 May 2020 05:56 pm by

Callout to Cayton Bay

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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.

Posted Thursday 21 May 2020 06:29 pm by

New beach safety advice for lockdown

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The 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.

Posted Thursday 21 May 2020 05:01 pm by

Prominent Scarborough RNLI supportr dies at age 86.

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John 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.

Posted Friday 15 May 2020 12:17 pm by

Scarborough RNLI Mayday appeal

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Scarborough 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.

Posted Friday 01 May 2020 10:07 am by

Rescue of fishing boat close to harbour

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Photos by Erik Woolcott words by Dave Barry

Scarborough 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.

Posted Sunday 26 April 2020 09:51 pm by

Fishing boat rescued in early hours

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Scarborough 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".

Posted Friday 10 April 2020 03:43 pm by