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Two popular fundraising events return soon.

Posted Thursday 09 January 2020 11:51 am



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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 Scarboroughlifeboateventsteam@outlook.com. 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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First exercise launch of 2020

Posted Wednesday 08 January 2020 09:40 am



FirstScarborough RNLI's Shannon lifeboat launched on exercise last night.


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Photo by Kay Jackson


2019 video summary of our work

Posted Saturday 04 January 2020 10:50 am




Happy New Year and advice on keeping safe in the sea

Posted Thursday 02 January 2020 11:18 am



Two launches on Christmas Eve

Posted Tuesday 24 December 2019 08:45 pm



TwoScarborough RNLI's inshore lifeboat had two shouts this afternoon.
The emergency vessel, with a crew of three, launched at 3.30pm to rescue a motorboat which had run out of fuel in Cayton Bay. Fortunately the occupants - two adults and three children - were equipped with radio and lifejackets. The lifeboat towed the motorboat into the harbour (see images by Erik Woolcott).
Two of the crew were back in the lifeboat for a 5.35pm launch with two further crew. They were responding to reports of a person in the sea, about 50m offshore in the south bay. The casualty required first aid and was handed over to ambulance crew on the beach. The coastguards, other RNLI crew, police and paramedics were also involved.


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London relief shift

Posted Tuesday 24 December 2019 06:37 pm



LondonTwo members of Scarborough RNLI crew are doing a 12-hour relief shift in London from 7.30 this morning until 7.30 tonight. Rob Gaunt and Kev Roberts are half the crew aboard the E-class lifeboat at Chiswick RNLI station, which has a full-time crew covering a 17-mile stretch of the Thames.


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Perfect Storm - winter 2019 appeal

Posted Saturday 21 December 2019 09:16 am







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'More people than ever need our help, at Christmas and every other day of the year,' says Steve King, Helm at Tower Lifeboat Station on the River Thames. 'People are still drowning so we need to invest more in training crews, upgrading equipment and improving lifeboats. But we're a charity, and our income has gone down.'

Whether they save lives at sea or on rivers and lakes, crew members like Steve are facing a Perfect Storm. While the demand on our services has grown, our income has gone down due to the economic climate and a drop in money received from supporters' Wills. Volunteers around the UK and Ireland are waiting for updated equipment and facilities. Your Christmas donation today will help provide everything they need ' you could help save the next life.

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65th Anniversary memorial service

Posted Monday 09 December 2019 08:16 am



65thThere was a good turnout for Scarborough RNLI's annual memorial service at St Mary's Church last night.

It was attended by the borough mayor, Cllr Hazel Lynskey, who was joined by her consort and son Mike Lynskey and granddaughter Ruby Lynskey. They were greeted by Colin Woodhead, who chairs Scarborough RNLI.

Lifeboat operations manager Andy Volans gave the first reading.

The service, conducted by Rev Richard Walker and featuring Filey Fishermen's Choir, marks the 65th 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 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 perished at sea. They include Frank Dalton, who died in a horrific accident in tumultuous seas on 9 December 1951.


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12 days of Christmas Scarborough RNLI style

Posted Monday 09 December 2019 08:11 am


Visit our video page to see our unique take on the favourite festive song.

Video by John Wallis


Scarborough lifeboat volunteers take part in Children in Need fundraising

Posted Saturday 16 November 2019 10:18 am



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Scarborough RNLI had a starring role in the regional part of Children in Need last night.

A BBC film crew filmed Pudsey the bear on the Shannon lifeboat and crew joined the BBC crew at Woodend for a live broadcast (photo by Jim Rice).


The film of Pudsey on the lifeboat can be seen on and downloaded from Scarborough RNLI's Facebook page




Scarborough RNLI rembrance service 2019

Posted Sunday 10 November 2019 02:56 pm



ScarboroughHundreds of people attended the Remembrance Sunday service at Scarborough lifeboathouse.

They stood on the beach, on the West Pier, in the boathouse and on the launch slipway.

RNLI crew and other personnel lined one side of the slipway, facing veterans, standard bearers, wreath-carriers, coastguards and army, air and sea cadets.

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

The service was jointly conducted by Rev Graham Morgan and Rev Pam Jennings. Colin Woodhead, who chairs Scarborough RNLI, made a reading. Music was played by organist Francis Appleby.

The wreaths were laid out at the lifeboathouse and taken up to the Oliver's Mount war memorial afterwards. They used to be laid on the sea from a small Sub-Aqua Club vessel, the Richard S. Biodegradable poppies are now laid on the sea, near the harbour entrance, instead.

The service was organised by Tom Fox.


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Scarborough lifeboat crew take part in poppycrosses planting

Posted Monday 04 November 2019 08:53 am



ScarboroughFour Scarborough RNLI crew members took part in the annual ceremony for the planting of poppy crosses in the remembrance garden in Alma Square today.
Kev Roberts, who carried the Scarborough RNLI standard, was accompanied by Erik Woolcott, Mark Jenkinson and Ben Stonehouse.
After the ceremony, a parade though the town centre was led by the Band of the Yorkshire Volunteers.
On Remembrance Sunday, 10 November, Scarborough RNLI's service at the lifeboathouse will begin at 10.30am.


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New boat safety pack launched

Posted Thursday 31 October 2019 03:27 pm



NewScarborough RNLI has produced a safety pack, full of helpful advice for new boat owners.
The packs can be found at the harbour office, the marina facilities office on Vincent pier and the yacht club.
The free pack includes stickers, key rings, a lapel pin badge and leaflets about EPIRB registration, Solas V, GMDSS, lifejacket maintenance, VHF radio, basic engine checks and various safety issues.
EPIRB stands for emergency position-indicating radio beacon, which is a type of emergency locator beacon. It is a portable, battery-powered radio transmitter used in emergencies to locate planes, vessels and people in distress and in need of immediate rescue.
Solas V is a series of navigation safety regulations from the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.
GMDSS stands for global maritime distress and safety system. This is an internationally agreed-upon set of safety procedures, types of equipment and communication protocols used to increase safety and make it easier to rescue distressed ships, boats and aircraft.


65th rememberance service of 1954 disaster

Posted Thursday 31 October 2019 03:20 pm


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65thScarborough RNLI's annual memorial service takes place at St Mary's Church on Sunday 8 December.
The service marks the 65th 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 perished at sea. They include Frank Dalton, who died in a horrific accident in tumultuous seas on 9 December 1951.
The service is due to begin at 6.30pm.
The photos were taken at last year's ECJR service.

The story of that fateful day
One of the worst days in the history of Scarborough RNLI began with a storm brewing.
As it grew worse, the ECJR lifeboat was launched, at 11.40am on 8 December 1954, to help fishing boats known to be at sea.
In rough seas and a south-easterly gale, the lifeboat started by escorting the Venture, a coble with one man aboard, into the harbour.
Ten other fishing boats were known to be at sea, to the north, so the lifeboat went out again and eventually escorted all but three to safety.
At 3.20pm, the ECJR put out to sea again, to look for the missing boats.
By that time, the gale had become severe and was blowing against an ebb tide, causing steep, breaking waves up to 15ft high.
Heavy cloud, driving spray and sleet greatly reduced visibility.
News was then received that the three missing boats had all reached Whitby, so the ECJR was recalled.
The lifeboat headed for the harbour on a north-westerly course, with the wind and heavy seas astern, the crew streaming a drogue (anchor) astern to steady the boat.
Coxswain John Sheader and another crewman were at the wheel and slowly, carefully, worked the lifeboat closer and closer to the harbour entrance.
As a particularly heavy wave was seen coming up astern, the engines were eased right back, until the wave passed and then they were run at half-speed again.
At 4.45pm, as the lifeboat approached the harbour for the eighth time that fateful day, when it was only about 200 yards away from safety, a gigantic wave smashed right over the boat.
The coxswain, who saw it coming, shouted for the engines to be put into neutral and for everyone to "hang on!"
Almost completely submerged by the wave, the boat was driven forward for about 30 yards by a solid wall of water. The boat sheered to port. The next wave struck the boat on the port quarter. The ECJR capsized and both engines cut out immediately, as they were designed to do.
The lifeboat righted itself in seconds, with three crew members still aboard. Two others were quickly hauled back on board. But as they tried to grab the hands of second coxswain John Cammish, the heavy seas swept him from their grasp.
Cammish and Sheader were washed ashore shortly afterwards. They were rushed to hospital but died. Signalman Frank Bayes had received a severe blow to the forehead, possibly in the capsize, and his body was recovered a few hours later.
The ECJR received only superficial damage; the engines and radio continued to work perfectly.
Within 48 hours, a new crew had been formed, including all five survivors.
The survivors were Ernie Eves, Bob Crawford, Mickey Scales, Jitta Sheader and Allan Rennard.

Words and photo by Dave barry RNLI press officer


SwimSafe volunteer awards

Posted Thursday 31 October 2019 03:15 pm


Simon and Donna recieve their awards
SwimSafeTwo members of the Scarborough RNLI team have been awarded with framed certificates recognising their dedication and hard work for the charity's annual Swim Safe campaign and the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund.
Simon and Donna Loveland are pictured in the lifeboathouse with their certificates and daughter Ruby, 14, and Donna's brothers, Peter and Gary McGeown, and their parents, Peter and Julie McGeown.


Photo by Jim Rice