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First remembrance service in two years

Posted Monday 15 November 2021 05:03 am

Lowering of standards at 2021 remembrance service
FirstFor the first time in two years, Scarborough lifeboathouse hosted a Remembrance Sunday service this morning.

The service, conducted by Rev Graham Morgan and Alan Courtney, followed one at Queen Street Central Hall.

Veterans, standard bearers, wreath-carriers, members of the lifeboat crew and coastguard team, army, air and sea cadets paraded from the church down to the harbour for the lifeboathouse service.

Five standard bearers took part including Kev Roberts, carrying the Scarborough RNLI standard.

Colin Woodhead, who chairs Scarborough RNLI, made a reading. Music was played by organist Francis Appleby.

Maroons were discharged to signal the start and finish of the silence, paid for by South Bay Traders Association.

Wreaths were laid out at the lifeboathouse before being taken up to the Oliver's Mount war memorial. A small Sub-Aqua Club vessel, the Richard S, laid biodegradable poppies on the sea, near the harbour entrance.

Both services were organised by Tom Fox.

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2021 Rememrance Sunday service

Posted Wednesday 03 November 2021 09:18 pm

Image from 2019 service.
2021For the first time in two years, Scarborough lifeboathouse will host a Remembrance Sunday service, on Sunday 14 November.
Last year's was cancelled because of Covid.

The service, to be conducted by Rev Graham Morgan and Alan Courtney, will follow one at Queen Street Central Hall, which will begin at 9.30am. It will feature the blessing of standards and wreaths, a drumhead ceremony and poppies falling during the two-minute silence.

Veterans, standard bearers, wreath-carriers, members of the lifeboat crew and coastguard team, army, air and sea cadets will then parade down to the harbour for the lifeboathouse service, beginning at 10.30am.

The West Pier car park will be partially closed to allow spectators to congregate. High tide will be at 1pm so people should be able to stand on the beach. The lifeboathouse will have less standing and seating room indoors than previously.

Colin Woodhead, who chairs Scarborough RNLI, will make a reading. Music will be played by organist Francis Appleby.

Maroons will be discharged to signal the start and finish of the silence; they are being paid for by South Bay Traders Association.

The wreaths will be laid out at the lifeboathouse and taken up to the Oliver's Mount war memorial later. They used to be laid on the sea from a small Sub-Aqua Club vessel, the Richard S. If the weather allows, biodegradable poppies will be laid on the sea, near the harbour entrance, instead.

Both services are being organised by Tom Fox.

ILB volunteers rescue on Cornelian Bay

Posted Friday 15 October 2021 08:02 am

ILBScarborough RNLI's inshore lifeboat launched on Tuesday afternoon following a report of damsels in distress.

Two young women had camped in woodland on Cornelian Bay, woke up and didn't know where they were.

The lifeboat crew of three volunteers found them standing on a ledge an hour after high tide.

They took them aboard, with their tent and other belongings, and transported them to Cayton Bay, where the coastguards were waiting to check them over.

* RNLI tip: use the What3Words geocode app to obtain your precise location.

Joint callout for Shannon and helicopter

Posted Thursday 07 October 2021 07:57 am

Shannon recovery
JointScarborough RNLI and the coastguard helicopter searched for a vessel in distress last night.

The joint operation was triggered by an emergency locator beacon.

The emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) is a portable, battery-powered radio transmitter used in emergencies to locate planes, vessels and people in distress and in need of immediate rescue.

In an emergency, such as a ship sinking or a plane crashing, the device is activated and begins transmitting a continuous radio signal which is used by search-and-rescue teams to quickly locate the emergency and render aid.

Such a signal was picked up by the coastguard, which triggered the deployment of the all-weather Shannon lifeboat and helicopter. They searched an area off Cayton bay. However, the signal abruptly ceased and the emergency services were stood down.

The tide was high, with insufficient room on the beach to land the Shannon so it was moored in the harbour for a couple of hours before being rehoused.

Official handover of new ILB

Posted Tuesday 05 October 2021 09:33 am

OfficialScarborough RNLI's new inshore lifeboat will be officially handed over at a naming ceremony on Saturday (9 OCTOBER).

It is the lifeboat station's fourth D-class lifeboat to be paid for by Gay and Peter Hartley's Hillards Charitable Trust.

The John Wesley Hillard IV, which cost £89,000, will be formally presented to Scarborough RNLI by a trust representative.

In 2016, the foundation stone of the new lifeboat station was laid by Peter's grandson Oscar Hartley, 15, on behalf of his father Simon, who bid for the opportunity to dress and lay the year-stone in the Yorkshire Post's Christmas 2014 appeal.

The appeal raised £17,000 and helped Scarborough RNLI reach the £200,000 target it needed to part-fund a launch-and-recovery vehicle for its new Shannon-class lifeboat.

Peter said: "The RNLI is a marvellous charity manned by volunteers who risk their lives to save others, often in hazardous conditions. Scarborough lifeboat station is an integral part of the community."

Scarborough RNLI chair Colin Woodhead said: "The Hartley family has shown amazing support for Scarborough RNLI over the years. This latest act of generosity means we have the most advanced boats available to continue to save lives at sea."

Lifeboat chaplain Rev Richard Walker will officiate at the dedication service, which starts at 2pm. It will be attended by nine members of the Hartley family, RNLI chair Stuart Popham and deputy chair Janet Cooper, with music by Scarborough Salvation Army Band.

Weather permitting, and if it isn't on service, the new lifeboat will then be launched.

John Wesley Hillard was born into a Somerset Methodist family in 1857. After leaving school at 15, he worked as an apprentice in London's tea trade for seven years before managing a grocery shop in Paris, followed by a chain of three shops in Tralee, Ireland.

In 1885, he settled in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire, and opened a grocery shop with a £50 loan. Within 15 years, he had over 20 shops. He later acquired a corn seed business to supply local farmers and in 1922 bought a rival chain of 13 shops.

Hillards was a family grocery business that traded from 1885 to 1987, employing more than 7,500 people at 40 supermarkets in 40 towns including Scarborough (where Tesco is today). Hillards ceased trading in 1987 after being bought out by Tesco.

In 1988, using part of their share of the sale proceeds, Peter and Gay Hartley set up the trust. Based on the public-spirited values of the company's founding family, its mission is to support social welfare opportunities in the towns once served by Hillards stores. In particular, it welcomes applications from charities that work with older people, and those that engage with children's welfare, educational projects and physical and mental health issues. Applications can be made via its website

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ILB called to assist in dog rescue

Posted Sunday 26 September 2021 09:03 am

ILBA dog which fell down a cliff last night was rescued by the coastguard and Scarborough RNLI in a joint operation.

The border collie tumbled about halfway down the 350ft cliff near the Blue Dolphin holiday park and Cunstone Nab, a few miles south of Scarborough.

The inshore lifeboat, which launched at about 8.30pm, used night-vision equipment to detect the dog from the sea.

When its location was confirmed, the crew of three guided a cliff technician from the coastguard team as he abseiled down.

However, the dog was understandably frightened and aggressive so the coastguard was unable to coax it into the special hoist which is used in such situations.

The coastguard's search team walked with the dog's owner a long way along the clifftop to a point where they could descend to the sea, then back via the slippery rocks on the shoreline until they were below the dog. They had to dodge crashing waves shortly after one of the highest tides of the year. A strong swell and perilous rocks prevented the lifeboat from landing ashore.

It then took a long time for the owner to persuade the dog to descend the cliff. It was walked back along the shore to be checked over. The dog was in one piece, no bones broken.

It was one of Scarborough RNLI's longest shouts of the year; the lifeboat wasn't recovered and rehoused until midnight. The lifeboat helm was keen to praise the coastguard teams for a job very well done; great skill and perseverance was required to help the dog and owner.

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3 Kayakers rescued

Posted Thursday 23 September 2021 08:19 am

3Three kayakers were rescued by Scarborough RNLI when a strong offshore wind blew them out to sea this afternoon.
When they called for help, the two men and one woman were roughly one nautical mile out to sea; by the time the inshore lifeboat found them, the distance to shore had doubled.
Fortunately, they were all wearing buoyancy aids.
The lifeboat crew of three helped get the kayakers into their vessel and towed the kayaks back to shore, where they handed them over to the waiting coastguards.
Scarborough RNLI's community safety officer Dave Grieves has the following advice for kayakers:
1. Wear wetsuits or water / wind proof clothing;
2. Carry a means of calling for help - preferably a VHF radio or phone in a waterproof case;
3. Download the app What3Words, from which the coastguard can get a precise location;
4. Take note of the tide and wind conditions and think carefully about your route, particularly when strong offshore winds are blowing.

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3 callouts in 24hrs

Posted Thursday 23 September 2021 08:14 am

Scarborough RNLI had its third shout in 24 hours when a couple with a dog were reported to be cut off by the incoming tide at Cayton Bay.
However, the inshore lifeboat with a crew of three searched both Cayton and Cornelian bays but found nobody in distress.
It was logged as a false alarm with good intent.
Scarborough RNLI recommends that everyone walking along the shore makes sure they know if the tide is coming in or going out and roughly what time high tide is. Tide times can be easily found online and a booklet with tide times can be bought at the lifeboat shop.


Posted Thursday 23 September 2021 08:11 am

NATIONALThey did it! In 22 hours and 50 minutes, the team from Scarborough Lifeboat Station has climbed the highest mountain in Wales, the highest mountain in England, and the highest mountain in Scotland!
The entire crew here at Scarborough RNLI couldn't be prouder of the team and wish them a well-earned break in Fort William before they return home tomorrow.
It's not too late to sponsor them, follow the link to pledge your support...
All money raised goes towards saving lives at sea.

ILB volunteers called to aid young surfer

Posted Thursday 23 September 2021 08:08 am

ILBScarborough RNLI's inshore lifeboat was called out this afternoon when a girl got into difficulties.
The 13-year-old was on a surfboard in Cayton Bay and being swept out to sea.
The lifeboat launched at about 3.15pm but before it could reach the girl, she was rescued by two surfers who took her back to shore.
The lifeboat crew offered medical assistance but it wasn't required.
Scarborough RNLI's community safety officer Dave Grieves offered the following advice for similar situations: "Always check the wind and tide. Try to go with a group, particularly youngsters. Stay within your capabilities and if in doubt don't go."

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Royal audience for Ravi and his rescuers

Posted Thursday 23 September 2021 08:04 am

RoyalAn 11 year old boy who followed the RNLI's 'Float to Live' advice to save his own life has shared his experience with His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge.
Ravi Saini, from Leeds, travelled to London to meet Prince William to mark Emergency Services Day (999 Day), held annually on September 9 to pay tribute those working and volunteering in the emergency services and the NHS across the country.
Also attending the event at Dockhead Fire Station in south London were Ravi's father Nathu and the three crew members from RNLI Scarborough Lifeboat Station involved in Ravi's rescue - Rob Gaunt, Adam Sheader and Rudi Barman.
Ravi made national headlines last summer when he described how he'd used the RNLI's Float to Live advice after being caught in a rip current in Scarborough's South Bay
He's since helped spread the charity's Float to Live message through newspaper, TV and radio interviews across the UK and worldwide. After yesterday's event Ravi described what it was like to share his story with a Royal audience: 'It was a great experience. I was quite nervous, but he was really friendly, and asked me about my story'.
Scarborough crew member Adam Sheader was keen to give Ravi the spotlight: 'We don't volunteer for the plaudits - the reward is knowing you've helped keep people safe when they visit our coastline. But it is nice to be recognised in this way, especially by someone like His Royal Highness, who's volunteered his own time and effort as a pilot for the East Anglia Air Ambulance. Hopefully sharing Ravi's story can help teach other children about water safety. He's an inspiration to everybody.'
Ravi and the crew from RNLI Scarborough recently recalled his rescue for an episode of the RNLI's podcast, 'Lifesavers':
'I realised that the water was coming up, Ravi says. 'I could no longer touch the floor. I shouted "Help! Help! Help!" My dad can't swim. He just had to go to the shore and raise the alarm.'
Nathu remembers trying to reach his son in deep water with strong currents: 'The water was round my neck and I lost my control, slowly, slowly he was going too far. Once or twice we saw his face. After that we didn't see him.'
'I was getting pulled out,' says Ravi. 'I was really scared - petrified. I thought that this was the end of my life.'
Then Ravi remembered the advice he'd seen on TV from the RNLI - about what to do in situations like this. The advice was to lie on your back and float to live. Ravi had practised this during his school swimming lessons in Year 4, but this was the first time he'd tried it in the sea. By spreading his arms and legs out like a starfish, he found he was able to float and control his breathing.
'We'd been tasked to search a particular area and we'd been searching for a while,' recalls Helm Rob Gaunt. 'Then we had a bit of a discussion between ourselves. Rudi pointed out he was more likely to be over towards the harbour mouth because of the tide. So we turned tail and headed over that way. That's when we saw him out of the corner of an eye.
'I didn't see the lifeboat, I heard it,' says Ravi. 'Tiny splashes. So I started shouting and then I was like, "Yes, they came to get me. I'm going to get a second chance to live!"'
Scarborough crew member Rudi Barman described Ravi as 'an incredible young man': 'He resisted the urge to panic which, in those conditions, would have been a big problem. The fact that he was on his back floating to live is just amazing really. That's what saved his life.'
5 steps to know how to float:
· If you fall into water, fight your instinct to thrash around.
· Lean back, extend your arms and legs.
· If you need to, gently move them around to help you float.
· Float until you can control your breathing.
· Only then, call for help or swim to safety.

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Man rescued by ILB volunteers after cliff fall.

Posted Wednesday 18 August 2021 09:08 am

ManWhen a man slipped down a cliff last night (14th August) Scarborough RNLI's inshore lifeboat sped to help him.
The casualty had been walking along the clifftop near the Crow's Nest caravan park south of Scarborough.
He was unhurt but unable to climb back.
The lifeboat's crew of three launched at about 9.30pm and quickly found the man. They took him down to the shore and handed him over to the coastguards.
The offshore lifeboat, which has more powerful lights, was put on alert in case the man couldn't be found but he had a torch with him and signalled the crew.

Photo by Alan Sheader

Rip tide safety advice

Posted Tuesday 27 July 2021 06:25 am

RipScarborough RNLI would like to offer its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the man who died in a rip tide at Reighton last week.

Rip currents occur on many beaches including Scarborough's.

They can be transient, with the sand causing them to move with each tide. They may exist only at certain stages of the tide.

These images were taken on Saturday by a coastguard rescue team on routine patrol, showing a rip current.

They can be difficult to spot but have the power to sweep even the strongest and experienced beachgoer out to sea - some are three times faster than an Olympic swimmer.

The RNLI offers the following advice:

* If you can, always choose a lifeguarded beach, swim between the yellow and red flags and take advice from the lifeguards;

* To break the grip of a rip, don't try to swim against it or you'll get exhausted;

* If you can stand, wade but don't swim;

* If you can, swim parallel to the shore until free of the rip and then head for shore;

Raise your hand, shout for help;
If you see anyone injured or in distress on the coast, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard;

* Do not enter the water as you may just add to the number of people who need rescuing.

H M Coastguard rip advice

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Weevers and jelly fish advice

Posted Tuesday 27 July 2021 06:20 am

A weever fish
WeeversWatch out for weevers and jelly fish, paddlers and swimmers!

Despite their small size, weever fish pack a nasty punch if you stand on them.

They like to bury themselves in soft sand so are often in the sea on our most popular beaches.

For a fish that's only two inches long, you wouldn't think it posed a threat. However, many adults and children step on them every year. They have a poisonous spine on their backs.

Scarborough RNLI offers advice on the little stingers, which are known to frequent our beaches: try and wear flip flops in the water.

Many jelly fish have been spotted in the north and south bays this summer, stinging unsuspecting sea-users with their trailing tentacles.

The RNLI, whose lifeguards have given first aid for many stings, say: "If you see them, get out of the water".

ILB voluteers rescue jetski in north bay

Posted Tuesday 27 July 2021 06:15 am

ILBScarborough RNLI's inshore lifeboat was called out last night when a jetski got into difficulties in the north bay.

The crew of three volunteers were told where it had last been spotted and were just about to start a search pattern when they found it. The driver and his partner were on the beach.

The jetski was upside down and partly submerged in the choppy water, about a quarter of a mile out to sea.

The lifeboat team were aware that the jetski could become a hazard to navigation and decided it was safe to tow it to shore, where they were helped by coastguards.

It emerged that the driver had forgotten to insert a drain plug which had allowed the engine to flood.

Photo by Fred Tiles