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ALB volunteers assist rescue of injured fisherman

Posted Saturday 01 May 2021 07:23 am

ALBScarborough lifeboat teamed up with the coastguard helicopter to rescue an injured crew member on a fishing vessel today.
By the time the all-weather lifeboat reached the scene, three miles out to sea, a paramedic was being winched from the helicopter down to the fishing boat.
At one point, it looked as if the crew member would be transferred to the lifeboat to be taken ashore. But the paramedic determined that the crew member could be taken ashore aboard the fishing boat.
It was the second of two shouts involving fishing boats by the lifeboat today. The first one involved an engine fire.

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ALB volunteers tow boat after fire

Posted Saturday 01 May 2021 07:20 am

Preparing the tow rope and (below) the tow home
ALBScarborough RNLI was called out this morning when a fishing boat's engine caught fire nine miles offshore.
The crew of the fishing vessel had extinguished the fire before the all-weather Shannon lifeboat arrived.
The lifeboat launched at about 7.30am and had towed the boat back to the harbour by 9.40am.

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Training together resumes

Posted Saturday 01 May 2021 07:15 am

Rope throwing skills
TrainingNormal service is being gradually resumed at Scarborough lifeboat station.
Last night, for the first time in months, RNLI volunteers met face to face inside the station for one of their weekly training exercises.
Over the past year, Scarborough RNLI has enlisted 11 new recruits who are being put through their paces. Last night's topic was knot-tying. The station's medical advisor, Dr Asif Firfirey, assessed volunteers' physical fitness.
Training sessions will alternate from week to week, one week ashore, one week at sea. Next Tuesday, both lifeboats will launch on exercise at about 5pm and 6.30pm. The boats will be disinfected in between runs. In addition, inshore lifeboat exercises take place every other Sunday morning.
The Shannon lifeboat which has been moored in the harbour for a few weeks and used for exercises has now left.

Our shop is now reopen

Posted Saturday 01 May 2021 07:10 am

Angela Bamford (left) and Hazel Kynastonshop volunteers
OurScarborough RNLI's shop has reopened, after a long closure forced by the Covid pandemic.
Two volunteers, Angela Bamford (left) and Hazel Kynaston are pictured in the shop, which is part of the lifeboathouse.
Among the many items for sale are greetings cards, teddies, wellies, T-shirts and tops, toys, tea, pickle, marmalade, lifeboat mugs, jigsaws, buckets and spades, bags and tide-timetable books. Christmas cards are selling at half-price.
The opening hours are 10am-4pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; and 10am-1pm Wednesday.

Friends raise money for local charities

Posted Sunday 14 February 2021 03:45 pm

The photo shows Hannah on the left with Michelle.
FriendsA couple of friends are beating the lockdown blues by raising hundreds of pounds for local charities including Scarborough RNLI.

Hannah Blackshire and Michelle Ahmed run raffles on their Facebook page, Games for a Charity.

They buy prizes and raffle them online, donating the difference between what they spend and what they make to a different charity each week.

Michelle raised £1,425 for the lifeboat last year; she and Hannah have just donated a further £.

Hannah says: "I am a member of so many raffle groups on Facebook, as I'm sure a lot of you are, and I love playing so thought let's give a little something back. The RNI has helped both our families.

"We are now on week 3, day 5, and nearly at £! I can't believe how well it is going".

Michelle is a full-time mum and Hannah works for the NHS. She is part of the clinical-support team at the hospital and is on the nurse bank. "We have four children each".

Anyone who would like to nominate a charity or local cause should contact Hannah and Michelle via their Facebook page.

Station flag flown at half mast in memory of Sally Bullamore

Posted Friday 05 February 2021 11:43 am

Sally is pictured with Rachel Jenkinson and Pam Jennings
StationThe flag at Scarborough lifeboat station will fly at half mast next Tuesday for the funeral of Sally Bullamore.

Sally was the last surviving descendant of Jack Sheader, the lifeboat coxswain who died while saving lives in 1954.

Jack was one of three crew who perished when the ECJR lifeboat overturned in the south bay in a storm on 8 December 1954.

In terrible conditions, with enormous waves and a howling gale, the lifeboat had been at sea all afternoon, escorting fishing boats back to the harbour. With its rescue work complete, the ECJR was engulfed by waves and capsized close to the harbour mouth.

Every year since then, the anniversary of the tragedy has been marked by a commemorative service at St Mary's Church remembering those three in particular but also other lifeboat crew who have died at sea.

Sally is pictured with Rachel Jenkinson and Pam Jennings at the 2014 service. Her funeral will be at St Mary's at 2pm on 9 February. The cortege will pass the lifeboathouse en route to the church.

* Scarborough lifeboat station is committed to remembering those who have been a part of the lifeboat family and will always fly the flag at half mast as a sign of respect after someone's passing. However the Scarborough lifeboat family is spread far and wide so please always let the station know on 01723 360520.

Cornelian Bay rescue

Posted Tuesday 26 January 2021 05:10 pm

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CornelianTwo people were rescued when they were cut off by the tide today.

Scarborough RNLI's inshore lifeboat launched just after 3pm and sped to Cornelian Bay, a mile or so south.

They boarded the rescue craft and were taken to the lifeboat station.

Lifeboat operations manager Andrew Volans said: "We advise everyone walking on the coast to please be aware of the tide times, which are published online, and plan your route carefully".

Scarborough's old lifeboats

Posted Monday 04 January 2021 10:22 am

The ECJR as it is today, below the Amelia and J Graves of Sheffield
Scarborough'sEvocative photos of two of Scarborough's old lifeboats - as they are now - have surfaced.

The ill-fated ECJR, on which three crew died in 1954, lies on the shore of a Scottish loch.

And the Amelia, which served the town from 1978-91, is languishing in an old marina in South Ferriby, near Hull.

The ECJR photos were posted on Facebook by Graham Drydale to mark the 66th anniversary of one of the worst disasters to befall Scarborough RNLI.

Coxswain Jack Sheader and crew members Francis Bayes and John Cammish died when the boat capsized in the harbour mouth on a stormy day in December 1954.

"I was very surprised to discover the fate of the lifeboat," Graham said. "ECJR is lying abandoned on the shores of Loch Harport on the Isle of Skye. Bit of a sad end for a brave boat.

"ECJR was Scarborough's first self-righting lifeboat and was one of only five in her class to be fitted with twin engines. She was built by Groves & Guttridge in Cowes in 1950 and entered service in 1951."

The ECJR was only slightly damaged during the 1954 storm and was back on service within 48 hours. The wooden vessel carried on saving lives at Scarborough until 1956, when it was succeeded by the Annie Ronald & Isabella Forrest.

Graham's post has stirred up conflicting opinions on what should happen to the remains of the ECJR. Some think it would be a fitting end for the old lifeboat to be brought back to Scarborough, restored and put on display as a memorial. However, others, especially relatives and friends of the crew who died, feel the ECJR should stay where it is or even be burnt.

Asked if the ECJR should be brought back, Jack Sheader's granddaughter Avril Watson said: "Definitely not. I said it years ago when it was brought back. It's an insult to the families involved for it to be a pleasure boat and sail over the very spot where it happened."

Among the comments below Graham's post was one from Ryan Sheader: "I don't feel it would be wanted by us in Scarborough. My stepdad's grandfather was one of those lost in the disaster. There was an attempt to keep it here in times gone by as a pleasure craft. The general feeling was, it was the worst disaster of the [local] RNLI and nobody wanted it here as any sort of reminder, they wanted rid, and it went."

The tragedy is commemorated by an annual memorial service at St Mary's Church and a plaque in the lifeboathouse.

The Oakley-class Amelia was sold by the RNLI in 1992 and stood in a Grimsby boatyard for a while, according to current owner Richard Sheard.

It was then sold to the Shipwreck Treasure Museum in the old clay-port of Charlestown in Cornwall, where it was on display until about 2017. It slowly deteriorated and was no longer required when the museum was bought by Tim Smit of the Eden Project. It went into storage on a Cornish campsite then sat in a farmyard until it was offered free to a good home. Richard, who lives near Hull, took the boat to South Ferriby in March 2019.

Richard is a lifeboat enthusiast who has another Oakley, one of Rhyl's old lifeboats, at Bangor in Wales. He wants to restore the Amelia to its former glory. "It will take a few years", he says.

The Amelia was replaced by the Mersey-class Fanny Victoria Wilkinson and Frank Stubbs, which left Scarborough in 2016 and is now in Valparaiso, Chile, still operating as a lifeboat.

A fourth former Scarborough lifeboat, the JG Graves of Sheffield (1958-78) is now at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham. "It's still owned by RNLI and is in immaculate condition, sat on a carriage in the museum", says Richard.

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Images of Amelia and ECJR supplied by Graham Drydale

Christmas safety message

Posted Saturday 19 December 2020 08:06 am

ChristmasThe coast and sea can be incredibly dangerous places, from rough winter seas to changing tides and unstable and eroding clifftop edges.
A joint campaign by the RNLI and coastguard aims to remind everyone of this plain fact with their winter coastal safety campaign.
"So our gift to you this Christmas is to remind you to stay well back from stormy, wintry seas and cliff edges, check tide times before you go, take a phone with you and get home safely", they said.
"If the worst happens at the coast, we'll always be there - ready and waiting to respond. Just dial 999 and ask for the coastguard. But we really need you to do your bit, so please take note of our safety advice and follow government guidance. Add a 'coastal safety check list' to your Christmas list and you'll be primed for action.
"Before you set-off, make sure you're wearing appropriate footwear and carrying a fully-charged mobile phone so you can contact family, friends or dial 999 and ask for the coastguard, in a coastal emergency. Always let people know when you'll be back home too and don't be tempted to take a risky photo by a cliff edge or large waves for social media: it could be the last moment you ever capture.
"Get familiar with the area you're visiting by reading local safety information, warnings and advice, and check tide timings online before you go so you don't get caught out.
"Open spaces are ideal for dog walking but please keep your furry friends on a lead and if your pet does get into danger, do not attempt to rescue your animal or enter the water after your pet. Ring 999".

Final 2020 training session

Posted Saturday 19 December 2020 08:04 am

Training in north bay
FinalTuesday night saw the final training exercise for the volunteer crew of the RNLI all-weather lifeboat here in Scarborough for 2020.
Full of festivity, the crew carried out anchoring, man overboard, and search drills in North Bay.
We look forward to getting back to training in 2021, but in the meantime, have a safe and wonderful Christmas! We'll still be on call 24/7 ready to help those in danger at sea.
If you find yourself in the water unexpectedly, fight your instincts and float until the effects of cold water shock pass.

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Christmas fundraising appeal

Posted Monday 07 December 2020 11:41 am

ChristmasThe RNLI is launching its Christmas appeal after losing millions in income when fundraising activities had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

The lifesaving charity has had to spend £1.2m this year to ensure its volunteer lifeboat crews and beach lifeguards had the vital PPE, such as face masks and gloves, to keep them safe. This was money the charity hadn't planned to spend, at a time when RNLI shops were forced to close and fundraising events were called off.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, Scarborough RNLI had to cancel its annual flag and open days and other fundraising events.

Scarborough Ladies Lifeboat Guild had to cancel five lunches at the Red Lea Hotel and a coffee morning with the coxswain at Park Manor Hotel. In addition, the guild's volunteers were due to take part in Scalby Fair, Rotary Fair, a summer fair at the boathouse, an afternoon tea at the Palm Court Hotel, a Xmas fair at Park Manor and a collection at Tesco.

As if that wasn't bad enough, the global pandemic forced the temporary closure of Scarborough RNLI's shop, although it has now reopened, from 11am-3pm Saturdays and 1-3pm Mondays and Tuesdays. Items can also be bought online via:

Andy Volans, lifeboat operations manager, said: "We were devastated to have to cancel our fundraising events, especially as it's such a good opportunity to meet our local supporters.

"We've had a very challenging summer, rescuing those in difficulty in the midst of a pandemic", Andy said. "And with foreign holidays being cancelled we've received more visitors to our beaches.

"Throughout the pandemic, the crew at Scarborough have been ready to answer the pager and rescue those in difficulty. We have responded to 31 shouts since lockdown".

Additional PPE and adapting to coronavirus restrictions has been challenging for Scarborough's volunteer crew members and lifeguards. For 2020, the RNLI purchased 6.7m units of coronavirus PPE including almost 700,000 face masks, 2.4m gloves and nearly 5,000 litres of hand sanitiser.

Over the summer, there was a 64% increase in the number of recreational water users aided by RNLI lifeboats.

As a charity, the RNLI relies on the support of the public to continue saving lives. That support is needed now more than ever. Help us brave a wave we never expected. To make a donation to the RNLI's Christmas appeal, visit:

All go this weekend.

Posted Wednesday 02 December 2020 08:53 am

The photo was taken at last year’s ECJR service.
AllIt's all go for Scarborough RNLI this weekend.

The lifeboat station is hosting a seasonal online party, reopening its shop and taking part in a stripped-back, pandemic-friendly version of the annual ECJR memorial service.

The station is to host the first virtual Jingle Mingle with lifeboat crew on Sunday, at 11am.

After what has been a challenging year for us all, the event is a great opportunity to get together across all areas and share some festive cheer.

Taking place over Zoom, expect an hour of fun including stories of 'where were you when the pager went off at Christmas time?', a virtual tour of the boathouse, guest appearances from crew at other stations, something fun for the little ones and a Christmas thank-you from the crew.

The Jingle Mingle is open to the public, free to join and due to last an hour or so.

To sign up, search for RNLI Jingle Mingle on​ Eventbrite.

Like most of the town's retail outlets, the lifeboat shop has had a difficult year, being closed from 23 March to 26 September.

For the foreseeable future, it will be open from 11am-3pm Saturdays and 1-3pm Mondays and Tuesdays.

It would be open more hours and days but for a shortage of volunteers.

The shop sells Christmas cards, calendars, diaries, souvenirs, etc.

The ECJR memorial service commemorates lifeboat crew who have perished at sea.

It will be attended by people from the Bottom End, who will sit apart, borough mayor Hazel Lynskey and fewer crew than usual. They will include station standard bearer Kev Roberts.

The organisers are asking families and friends to take part at home by watching a live broadcast via the church's Facebook page.

The service, to be led by Rev Richard Walker, will feature an address by Rev Pam Jennings and a bible reading by coxswain Lee Marton. Shore-crew volunteer Dave Grieves will read the roll of honour, a list of names of all who have died in service.

Hymns will be listened to but not sung and, for the first time in many years, Filey Fishermen's Choir will not take part.

The service, at St Mary's Church at 6.30pm Sunday, marks the 66th anniversary of one of the worst disasters in the lifeboat's history.

Three crew died when the ECJR lifeboat overturned in the south bay in a terrible storm on 8 December 1954.

In atrocious conditions, with enormous waves and a howling gale, the lifeboat had been at sea all afternoon, escorting fishing boats back to the harbour.

With its rescue work complete, the ECJR was engulfed by waves and capsized close to the harbour mouth.

The deaths of coxswain Jack Sheader, second coxswain John Cammish and signalman Francis Bayes devastated their families and numbed the whole town with shock and grief.

Every year since then, the anniversary of the tragedy has been commemorated by a church service remembering those three in particular but also other lifeboat crew who have died at sea. They include Frank Dalton, who died in a horrific accident in tumultuous seas on 9 December 1951.

The photo was taken at last year's ECJR service.

Can you volunteer?

Posted Monday 16 November 2020 11:06 am

CanScarborough RNLI is looking for extra people to join its volunteer lifeboat team.

Potential new recruits don't need to have sea-going experience.

Team players with the ability to learn new skills would be ideally suited.

Potential recruits must live or work within five miles of the station and be aged 17-65.

Andy Volans, lifeboat operations manager, explained: 'Only 10% of our new recruits come with professional maritime experience. Our current lifeboat crew is testament to this as we have a paramedic, a school caretaker, electronics engineers, factory workers, an intensive-care nurse and so on.

'The RNLI provides comprehensive training to turn ordinary people into lifesavers. By volunteering, people gain fantastic experience, knowledge and skills with the RNLI in Scarborough.

'Around 95% of RNLI people are volunteers and find the experience extremely rewarding. It's a great way to make new friends while helping to save lives at sea.'

'Although we're recruiting for the roles, owing to Covid-19 restrictions, the lifeboat station remains closed to members of the public / visits etc.'

To apply, ring 07123 360520.

Scarborough RNLI’s Shannon lifeboat. Photo credit: RNLI.

John Huntley - new ALB navigator

Posted Thursday 05 November 2020 10:33 am

JohnHuge congratulations to John Huntley who passed out as a volunteer navigator on the all-weather lifeboat during training at sea last night.
John will be handling all aspects of navigation whilst aboard the Shannon Class lifeboat including plotting routes, planning and running search patterns, and radar.
Navigators are trained to use the electronic nav systems aboard as well as traditional paper charts and navigations tools.
We wish John the very best of luck in his new role and look forward to spending many years at sea under his watchful gaze!

Remembrance Sunday

Posted Thursday 05 November 2020 10:30 am

It will come as no surprise to most RNLI supporters to learn that Scarborough lifeboat's remembrance service on Sunday has been cancelled.
Scarborough RNLI will instead have a presence at the town's main service on Oliver's Mount, starting at 10.50am.
It will be a slimmed-down version with everyone standing apart, no singing, no free buses and wreathes laid one at a time, after the two-minute silence, says organiser Steve Jewell.
The standard bearers will include Scarborough lifeboat crew member Kev Roberts, who will be joined by several others from the local RNLI team.
Anyone who watches a ceremony outdoors must follow safety measures, including observing the rule of six and social distancing rules. They should expect to be asked by event organisers for contact details to enable track and trace, if necessary.
* There is a glimmer of hope that Scarborough RNLI's annual ECJR memorial service at St Mary's Church on 6 December will still go ahead. If the lockdown has finished on time, a pared-back commemoration, remembering crew members who died in service, could be streamed live.