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Scalloper snares on net

Posted Tuesday 31 March 2020 11:15 am

Recovery after the callout to scalloper
ScalloperScarborough RNLI's all-weather Shannon lifeboat launched in the early hours this morning when a net snared a fishing boat's propeller.

However, the 34m Alcedo BA77 scalloper was 4.8m deep so couldn't be towed into the harbour at either Scarborough or Whitby.

The stricken vessel, built in Whitby and registered in Ballantrae, Scotland, was about 15 miles east of Scarborough, on a choppy sea.

The coastguard eventually decided that the best course of action was to call a commercial recovery vessel to tow it to Teesside.

It was raining and pitch black at sea when the lifeboat launched at 3.50am. It was back home not long after sunrise, by which time the clouds had cleared to bright sunshine. As the Shannon was beached and recovered, another fishing vessel, the Fleetwood-registered Boy Christopher, put out to sea.

The lifeboat's standard crew of six include the key roles of coxswain, navigator and mechanic, working to a rota. In accordance with guidelines on social distancing, the other volunteers who responded to their pager-alerts remained in their vehicles until chosen as crew. The rest were sent home.

The navigator was Wave Crookes, who was already planning to go to sea today. Wave and his partner Laura Robinson, a professor of geochemistry, run a company called Seagrown which is developing an offshore seaweed and shellfish farm four miles south-east of the harbour. They were going to check a new system for growing scallops in cages. But when Wave was on the lifeboat, he realised that the northerly swell which hit the coast at the weekend hadn't gone, so they will go tomorrow instead.

The mechanic was Kev Roberts, on his first shout since he qualified in the role. He said: "It was nice and smooth, with no trouble. Everything went as expected."

All the training over the last year stood Kev in good stead, including three visits to the RNLI training centre in Poole and countless hours at the lifeboat station and at sea.

All RNLI trainees have to balance their COBT (Competency Based Training) units with practical experience. "You can read everything you need to know in books but at the end of the day you need to be able to apply it practically as well", he said.

Kev's work wasn't finished when the lifeboat got back to to the lifeboathouse. Because of the Covid-19 virus, everything inside the boat has to be thoroughly disinfected after a shout. "We clean with normal cleaner then we wipe everything down from top to bottom with disinfectant."

The other boat crew were coxswain Lee Marton, Keith Eade, Mark Jenkinson and John Huntley. They were complemented by five shore crew: Tabz Nixon, John Kitto, Paul Huggins, Simon Loveland, John Wallis and Frank Wright.

Andy Volans, lifeboat operations manager, said: "Despite the current situation, the station is ready to respond to calls for help when required".

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Crew member offers free electrician services

Posted Sunday 29 March 2020 11:41 am

CrewA lifeboat crew member is one of countless altruistic Scarborough folk offering their services for free to the elderly and vulnerable during the virus crisis.
Electrician Paul Huggins is asking for no call-out fee and working the first hour free of charge; he reckons most basic faults can be found and sorted in an hour. The only charge will be for materials used, at cost.
Paul says: "I'm a big believer in community spirit and helping out when times are tough. I'm not medically trained so I can't help out with that but I am a fully qualified and experienced electrician.
"So from now until this bloody virus has done its worst, I'm offering my services to the elderly and vulnerable who have no-one else to help them in the Scarborough area, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as I can."
Anyone with elderly relatives or neighbours, or who knows someone vulnerable, can ring Paul for electrical help on 07764 353349.
He adds: "I will do my best to get to them and sort them out. I have masks and sprays in my van to disinfect stuff.
"This isn't a time to panic or get stressed out. It's a time to stop, think and keep a level head. It's a time to think of others and the most vulnerable in our world. Keep calm and carry on".

Over £2,200 has been raised for the RNLI

Posted Saturday 28 March 2020 11:01 am

OverOver £2,200 has been raised for the RNLI in memory of a retired seafarer who loved his life at sea.

Keith Wrightson died in a tragic road accident while walking home after attending a football game in Scarborough on 4 January.

Keith was in the merchant navy throughout his working life and retired as a captain a few years ago.

"He always supported anything to do with the RNLI," says Keith's wife Gill. "We used to buy our Christmas cards at the Scarborough RNLI shop. The charity was close to his heart".

A collection at the funeral raised £670 and a generous lifeboat supporter made a donation of £210 for an unworn pair of Keith's boots. These two sums were donated to Scarborough RNLI. A JustGiving page raised £1,322.17 for the national RNLI.

Gill and her family said they were deeply grateful to everyone who had contributed.

Andy Volans, Scarborough RNLI's lifeboat operations manager, said: "This is a wonderful donation supporting something that Keith held dear to his heart. The station sends our thanks and best wishes to Keith's family in this sad and troubled time. We hope we can thank Mrs Wrightson in person when normal times return".

Two longstanding volunteers pass away

Posted Friday 20 March 2020 10:10 am

Scarborough lifeboat station's flag is at half-mast, after two long-serving volunteers passed away.
Lesley Hopkins and Cassi Pelucci (pictured) joined the team in 2001 when the shop in the old station was relaunched, recalls manager Mike Turner.
Lesley's funeral was at Woodlands crematorium on Thursday, at 10.30am.
Cassi's funeral will be at St Mary's Church on 26 March, at 12.30pm.
Scarborough RNLI sends sympathy and condolences to all Lesley and Cassi's family and friends.

Corona virus cancellations

Posted Tuesday 17 March 2020 10:32 am

As a result of the corona virus outbreak, Scarborough lifeboat station, including the shop, is now accessible only to crew on duty and those responding to their pagers.

We thank all our supporters and volunteers who have always been welcome to visit the station and trust you understand that this decision has been taken to enable us to keep our crew healthy and able to continue saving lives at sea.

Several fundraising events in aid of Scarborough RNLI have been cancelled. They include Scarborough Ladies Lifeboat Guild's coffee morning at Park Manor Hotel on 24 March, an 80s dance at the Royal Hotel on 28 March and a model-boat show at the lifeboat station on 18 April.

Joint exercise

Posted Sunday 15 March 2020 03:05 pm

JointScarborough and Whitby lifeboats teamed up for a joint exercise halfway between the two towns on Sunday morning. It involved the principals of towing. The all-weather lifeboats took turns setting up astern tows so their crews could practise this important procedure.

Tesco donation of £25,000

Posted Thursday 27 February 2020 06:30 pm

Tesco presents cheque to Scarborough RNLI
TescoTesco has donated £25,000 to Scarborough RNLI.
Each time a customer shopped at a Tesco store during the chain's centenary year in 2019, they were offered a token at the checkout. They used the token to vote for one of the charities profiled in store foyers.
Token programme manager Amanda Scrimgeour, Tesco Scarborough team manager Christopher Windsor and staff from Tesco stores in Hull and Driffield visited the lifeboat station to present a cheque. Mr Windsor took his children, Nathan and Jessica.
They are pictured with RNLI personnel Will Watts, Michael Cowper, Mark Jenkinson, Eve Lee, Lee Marton, Phil Chittenden, Colin Woodhead, Andy Volans and Dave Grieves.

Photo by Kay Jackson

Both lifeboats launch for training exercise

Posted Wednesday 19 February 2020 03:12 pm

Scarborough's Shannon on exercise this week
BothScarborough RNLI launched both its lifeboats on exercise last night. The all-weather Shannon and the inshore lifeboat are pictured post-recovery by crew member Erik Woolcott.

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Scarborough is recruiting

Posted Tuesday 18 February 2020 03:11 pm

ScarboroughHave you time to commit to your local lifeboat station and give something back to the community?
Scarborough RNLI is recruiting crew for the inshore lifeboat, or ILB, and shore crew.
The ILB is the work-horse of the RNLI, with 25 knots of speed and capable of going to sea for up to three hours at maximum speed.
It is used to search the shoreline, work with search-and-rescue helicopters and recover casualties from awkward locations. This vessel is especially good in the shore break. The ILB carries four crew including a helm. All are trained to a high standard in first aid and can administer certain drugs and oxygen.
The land-based roles of shore crew and tractor driver are an integral part of the operational side of the station.
They make sure that the inshore and all-weather lifeboats are launched and recovered safely and swiftly, using the Tool Track for the ILB and the Shannon launch-and-recovery system (SLARS), an articulated tracked vehicle, for the ALB.
The computerised SLARS raises and lowers parts of the carriage during the launch and recovery processes. A UK driving licence is needed.
So if you are under 65 (shore crew) or 55 (ILB), have spare time on your hands, live and work locally and feel up to a challenge, please write a short CV and drop it off at the lifeboat station or email it to

Storm Dennis Fails To Dampen Lifeboat Fundraisers

Posted Sunday 16 February 2020 11:09 am

StormConsidering the inclement weather, Scarborough RNLI was delighted to have raised at least £975* at Love Your Lifeboat, at the lifeboathouse yesterday.

The proceeds are still being totted up so the final tally should exceed a grand.

"We had people come from afar just to see our station which shows the hard work behind the scenes really paid off", said one of the organisers, Tabz Nixon.

A constant stream of visitors were shown around the station including both lifeboats and children posed for photos with RNLI mascot Stormy Stan.

* This figure will be updated

(Photo by John Margetts)

ILB gets strip down

Posted Saturday 15 February 2020 08:04 am

At Scarborough RNLI, crew members get involved with the bi-annual inshore lifeboat strip-down and deep cleaning. The process takes several hours but we have condensed it to a few minutes to show another side of what goes on when Tuesday evening training comes around. Please let us know if there are other areas of training or station life you would like to find out more about.
Remember it's Love Your Lifeboat Day tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to 4pm. Come and have a VIP tour of the station and lifeboats for a small donation.

Ladies Guild success

Posted Thursday 06 February 2020 10:36 am

Celebrating Success
LadiesScarborough Ladies Lifeboat Guild has been looking back on another successful year.

In 2019, the RNLI fundraisers organised a fashion show at the Crown Hotel, an afternoon tea at the Palm Court, a table-top sale at the lifeboathouse and a Christmas fayre at the Park Manor.

In addition, members collected £900 worth of 5p, 2p and 1p coins. Other ways of raising money included donation boxes at hotels, shops, etc, funeral collections, donations by the public and RNLI personnel and the ubiquitous raffles and tombolas.

All together, it came to £6,533, taking the total raised since the guild's inception in 1927 to about £174,500.

At the guild's next meeting, at the Red Lea Hotel on 18 February, the speaker will be Dawn Bell from Shipton's jewellers. The next fundraiser is a coffee morning with coxswain Lee Marton and other crew members at the Park Manor Hotel on 24 March, from 10.30am until noon.

The photo shows the guild's six committee members celebrating their achievement outside the lifeboathouse. L-R: chairman Gladys Freeman, press officer Pauline Brown, secretary /treasurer Lynne Garforth, speaker secretary Judith Hargreaves, box secretary Minnie Raper and events secretary Liz Ashworth.

At the guild AGM in January, thanks were given to members for their hard work and to Scarborough businesses, hotels and shops, who never fail to lend their support willingly.

The guild has a luncheon on the third Tuesday of the month from October to April at the Red Lea Hotel. "We have a raffle and, most months, a speaker", says Lynne.

New members are welcome; ring Gladys on 366630 or Lynne on 373788.

Scarborough to Blackpool run raises incredible £6930

Posted Monday 03 February 2020 03:42 pm

Blackpool RNLI receive cheque from Scarborough colleagues
ScarboroughScarborough RNLI's cross-country relay run in the summer raised £6,930.

A dozen personnel took it in turns to run 145 miles to Blackpool lifeboat station. Accompanied by three support vehicles, they each ran about 10 miles, with some doing up to 30. It took 22 hours, seven fewer than they thought it would take.

The proceeds of an earlier fundraiser by Blackpool RNLI were shared with Scarborough RNLI who reciprocated by donating £3,000 from the relay run to Blackpool.

Blackpool RNLI's lifeboat operations manager, Keith Horrocks, said: "We're really grateful to our fellow RNLI volunteers from Scarborough lifeboat station. Their fundraising effort in the summer was incredible and will benefit the communities of both Scarborough and Blackpool. We're really thrilled that they have chosen to donate £3,000 of the money they raised towards our D-class appeal".

The £52,000 appeal was launched with an RNLI fish supper in October. To donate, visit

Blackpool appeal for new D class

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Cobble rescued by volunteer crew

Posted Tuesday 21 January 2020 08:22 am

CobbleWhen a small fishing boat's engine failed yesterday afternoon, Scarborough RNLI went to its rescue.
The coble was drifting, about two miles east of the lighthouse.

The inshore lifeboat, with a crew of three, towed the stricken vessel to the harbour.

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Two popular fundraising events return soon.

Posted Thursday 09 January 2020 11:51 am


Two Scarborough RNLI fundraising events have been so successful in previous years that they are to be repeated.

Love Your Lifeboat will be on Saturday 15 February, from 10am to 4pm, with a Valentine theme.

The event will feature activities and games in the first-floor crew room; and exclusive VIP tours of the station and onboard the Shannon-class lifeboat, for a small donation.

The second fundraising event is a model-boat show on Saturday 18 April, from 10.30am to 4pm.

Boats will be displayed on a small pool throughout the day.

Anyone who would like to attend as an exhibitor, or who wants more information, should email Please say how many boats you would like to bring and how many people will be attending.

Admission for visitors will be £1 for adults and 50p for under-12s.

Hosted by Scarborough Lifeboat Station's events team, both events will feature a tombola and tea, coffee, juice and biscuits will be served.

* The photos were taken at last year's Love Your Lifeboat and model-boat show.

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