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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.

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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

Swim safe Donna receives award

Posted Saturday 17 July 2021 08:25 pm

SwimScarborough RNLI fundraiser and founder of the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund, Donna Loveland, has received a British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours, in recognition of her outstanding work in fundraising and water safety.
In February 2015 Andrew McGeown, aged 32, lost his life after entering the North Sea in Scarborough's South Bay whilst attempting to save his dog, Arnold. Donna set up the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund in his name, with the intention of funding the Swim Safe programme in her local area.
Swim Safe was created by Swim England and the RNLI in 2013 to help children aged 7-14 stay safe while enjoying swimming outdoors through practical sessions offering vital water safety skills, free of charge. From with a single scheme in Cornwall, Swim Safe has grown into a national programme, spanning 30 sites across the UK and helping thousands of children learn how to stay safe in the water.
Swim Safe was established in Scarborough in 2015. Since then, more than 4,500 children have taken part in sessions at Scarborough and Bridlington. Donna's tireless dedication has seen her raise over £45,000 for the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund and Swim Safe whilst also promoting water safety and the dangers of the coast through local awareness campaigns, marketing and school visits.
The award was presented by Jo Ropner, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, at a ceremony at the Camp Hill estate near Bedale on 7 July which was delayed from 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Donna is incredibly deserving of the award and the crew here at Scarborough RNLI couldn't be prouder to be associated with her and the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund.

Scouts raise funds

Posted Saturday 17 July 2021 08:21 pm

ScoutsThe 37th Scarborough St Columba's Cubs visited Scarborough Lifeboat Station on Tuesday to present the crew with a donation.
The cubs, aged between eight and ten, raised an incredible £195 during a sponsored walk in Scarborough.
The funds raised will go towards further training and equipment for Scarborough Lifeboat and the volunteer crews to continue to save lives at sea.
Scarborough Lifeboat Operations Manager, Andy Volans, said, 'It's great generosity and community spirit the keeps organisations like the RNLI and the cubs operating. From everyone here at the station, we thank the 37th Scarborough and District Cubs for their support and amazing efforts.'

Paintings donated for fundraising

Posted Saturday 17 July 2021 08:18 pm

Pictured (L-R): Colin Woodhead - Station Chairman, Lucy Collins - Lifeboat Crew, Malcolm East - Artist, and Kay Jackson - Shop Volunteer.
PaintingsScarborough Lifeboat Station was presented with an original painting today depicting the all-weather lifeboat, Frederick William Plaxton, in Scarborough's South Bay.

The paintings were kindly donated and expertly created by Malcolm M G East and will be auctioned in the future to raise funds to help the charity's lifeboat and her volunteer crew to continue to save lives at sea.

From the entire crew here, we'd like to send a warm and heartfelt thank you to Malcolm for his kind and generous donation.

Photo Credit: RNLI/Erik Woolcott

The RNLI rescue the RNLI

Posted Sunday 27 June 2021 09:57 am

TheWhen one of the charity's lifeguard jet-skis broke down in the north bay, the inshore lifeboat was despatched to lend a hand.
At high tide, with precious little room for manoeuvre, the powerless jet-ski was drifting towards the rock armour around the castle headland.
The lifeboat launched at about 4.15pm and towed the jet-ski to the middle of the north-bay beach, near the lifeguard station.
Helm Matt Marks commented: "It shows how useful it is on a jet-ski to have a VHF radio."

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ALB volunteers tow fishing boat to safety..

Posted Wednesday 16 June 2021 06:56 am

ALBScarborough RNLI was called out this afternoon when a fishing boat's engine broke down, seven nautical miles north east.
The all-weather Shannon lifeboat, with a crew of six, launched at 2.40pm and towed the stricken vessel back to the harbour.

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Newe ILB inaugral shout.

Posted Tuesday 15 June 2021 06:24 am

NeweScarborough RNLI's new inshore lifeboat had its inaugural shout on Sunday evening

The D-Class John Wesley Hillard IV launched at 8.50pm to a report of five people in a dingy in the south bay, near the Spa. The sea was calm and the tide high.

But they managed to return to the shore by the time the lifeboat could reach them and were with the coastguards.

The RNLI advises anyone considering putting out to sea in a dingy to be aware of the danger of being swept to to sea.

Image by Erik Woolcott

New ILB arrives at Scarborough lifeboat

Posted Saturday 12 June 2021 06:57 am

The new ILB D8856
New D-856 John Wesley Hillard IV, the D-Class inshore lifeboat, arrived on station for the first time on Thursday 10 June 2021.

Station Coxswain, Lee Marton, and Station Mechanic, Dave Horsely, prepared and checked over Scarborough's new lifeboat thoroughly before a volunteer crew of three climbed aboard for sea trials in South Bay led by Lee.

Once the trials were complete, the charity's new inshore lifeboat was officially put on service at around 1 pm and will remain on service for an approximate 10-year commission.

D-856 John Wesley Hillard IV was funded by The Gay and Peter Hartley's Hillards Charitable Trust who has been a longstanding supporter of Scarborough Lifeboat Station and has funded the previous three inshore lifeboats.

The previous inshore lifeboat, D-724 John Wesley Hillard III, was relieved after serving 11 years and 6 months on station in which it was launched on service 208 times, saving seven lives and aiding a total of 191 people.

Notable services include the rescue of Ravi Saini in July 2020 when he found himself in difficulty in South Bay and was carried out to sea with the tide. Ravi remembered the 'Float to Live' advice offered by the RNLI which saved his life as the inshore lifeboat found him calm and floating on his back.

The RNLI's D-Class inshore lifeboat is a 5 metre RIB capable of travelling at 25 knots and has been the workhorse of the RNLI for over 50 years. They are highly manoeuvrable and usually operate closer to shore than the all-weather lifeboats. They come into their own for searches and rescues in the surf, shallow water and confined locations - often close to cliffs, among rocks and even inside caves.

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11 new volunteer crew

Posted Wednesday 19 May 2021 08:12 am

11 Following a recruitment drive in early 2021, eleven Scarborough locals have answered the call and signed up as volunteer crew at the lifeboat station.

The new crew come from many walks of life from teachers, surfing instructors, electricians, dementia advisors, civil servants, train drivers, signal operators, and fishing boat skippers, but they all have one thing in common; they all want to help to save lives at sea.

Although they have joined during a difficult time with Covid-19 lockdowns and are missing many of the social elements of being part of the crew, each of them has integrated easily into station life and are progressing through training.

They will join an existing crew of over 30 boat and shore crew lead by station coxswain, Lee Marton.

'Everyone here at the station welcomes all 11 onboard!', said Lee, 'It's great to see so much enthusiasm for the charity here in Scarborough. They've all bought a lot of new energy with them which is just what the station needs as lockdowns begin to ease and we start to return to a more normal routine. We look forward to getting to know them all in time and we thank them for becoming RNLI volunteers'.

The new crew are:

Aaron Yeoman
Amy Pywell
Caitlin Flash
Deborah Senior
Harrison Sheader
Jonathan Hayes
Lucy Collins
Max Thompson
Nick Gough
Paul Dixon
Rich Davis

Speaking of her recent experiences on the crew, Lucy Collins said, 'I moved back to Scarborough and joined the crew in December 2020, I've wanted to be on the crew from about 16! The idea of being there for people in an emergency and being able to make an active difference was always something that drew me in.

'The crew already feels like a family, everyone is there for you to help you progress and it's brilliant to be a part of. I feel honoured to be able to make a difference with the RNLI and I'm looking forward to doing everything I can to have a positive impact on saving lives at sea!'

Volunteer crew member nominated for award

Posted Wednesday 12 May 2021 05:20 pm

VolunteerA Scarborough lifeboat crew member has been nominated for an award for going "that extra mile".

Mark Jenkinson will visit the Spa next Tuesday to be presented with a commendation by borough mayor Hazel Lynskey.

Cllr Lynskey explains: "Last year, during the first lockdown, I asked residents to support my initiative in recognising the amazing, selfless work of so many during the extraordinary times we were experiencing to give personal recognition to individuals, households, groups or organisations who had gone that extra mile."

Mark, an emergency-care assistant with Yorkshire Ambulance Service, has been a volunteer on the all-weather Shannon lifeboat for four years.

Last year, the tables were dramatically turned on him when he caught coronavirus and suddenly found himself on the receiving end of the NHS.

His symptoms included a high temperature, a persistent cough, lethargy, the loss of his sense of taste and smell, and he felt as if he couldn't get enough air in his lungs.

He was treated at Scarborough Hospital's A&E department and was out of action, in quarantine, until 3 June, when he returned to work and resumed his lifeboat duties, on call.

As a result, Mark's plasma developed the antibodies which fight the virus and he was asked by the NHS blood centre to donate some.

He said: "I went to Leeds to donate convalescent plasma in the hope of helping others suffering from Covid-19."

Mark added that he didn't know who had nominated him for the award, except that it was one of his Facebook friends.

Two more callouts on busy Tuesday

Posted Wednesday 12 May 2021 05:12 pm

TwoTwo nocturnal shouts took Scarborough RNLI's tally to four in a day yesterday.

The inshore lifeboat, with a crew of three each time, launched at about 10pm and 11pm.

The boat returned to the station at about 10.45pm and 11.30pm respectively and made ready for service. The photo was taken by crew member Lucy Collins.

During the day, both lifeboats were launched to separate incidents.

Image by Lucy Collins

Two rescues on 11th May

Posted Tuesday 11 May 2021 05:45 pm

TwoScarborough RNLI has had two shouts today - so far.

The inshore lifeboat launched at about 10.30am when a yacht ran aground in the harbour mouth at low tide.

A potting boat rescued the one person aboard and the lifeboat's crew of three secured the yacht by attaching it to the pier and setting an anchor.

The yacht wasn't blocking the harbour entrance and refloated when the tide flooded.

The all-weather Shannon lifeboat launched at about 12.40pm to assist in a search for a missing person between Scalby Ness and Cloughton Wyke, just north of Scarborough.

The lifeboat, with a crew of six volunteers, spent about an hour and a half scouring the shoreline, along with two teams of coastguards and their helicopter.

The missing person was eventually found.

Photo by Erik Woolcott

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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