Busiest weekend on record for Whitby RNLI

Volunteers at Whitby RNLI tackled their sixth callout of the weekend this morning by saving a sinking boat in the harbour.

Whitby RNLI were called out at around 5.45am this morning, Monday May 29, alongside with a fire appliance and the coastguard, to prevent a boat from fully sinking in the harbour close to New Quay Road.

On arrival at the scene, a small fishing vessel was found to be almost completely underwater in the Dock End and it was quickly established that no one was on board.

The vessel was moved into an upright position and the Fire Service and RNLI began to pump water out of the vessel using portable pumps.

Coastguards monitored the vessel to ensure no fuel or oil was leaking from it and also liaised with the owner to obtain full details of the vessel and how much fuel and oil was on board.

A cordon was also established around the Dock End to ensure members of the public were kept at a safe distance

Whitby RNLI, a fire crew and coastguard were involved in saving a sinking vessel in the harbour this morning.

Whitby RNLI, a fire crew and coastguard were involved in saving a sinking vessel in the harbour this morning.

The pumping operation successfully re-floated the vessel. It was then towed by the RNLI's inshore lifeboat to the marina slipway in the Upper Harbour in order that it can be inspected for damage by it's owner once the tide has dropped.

The first callout of the weekend for the all-weather lifeboat came on Friday May 26 after a yacht suffered engine failure two miles east of Ravenscar.

The lifeboat was launched at 7.23 pm to tow the stricken vessel back to harbour, returning just after 9pm.

On Saturday, the volunteer crew were paged at 12.25pm to a woman with a head injury after her yacht ran aground near the Upgang Ravine.

The Whitby inshore lifeboat crew helping to rescue the fishing boat. Picture by Ceri Oakes/RNLI

The Whitby inshore lifeboat crew helping to rescue the fishing boat. Picture by Ceri Oakes/RNLI

The woman was taken in the inshore lifeboat to the harbour to a waiting ambulance. Whitby coastguard team assisted with the transfer of the casualty onto the lifeboat.

Soon afterwards the lifeboat was launched to a report that a casualty was in distress near the water at Sandsend.

The boat waited on standby while police and coastguard dealt with the incident. The inshore lifeboat was stood down and returned to harbour at 10pm.

The following day, Sunday May 28, the all-weather lifeboat was launched after a power boat got into difficulties.

The boat was almost submerged before the teams managed to use ropes to bring it to the surface. Picture by Ceri Oakes/RNLI

The boat was almost submerged before the teams managed to use ropes to bring it to the surface. Picture by Ceri Oakes/RNLI

During the rescue the tide became too low for the lifeboat to enter the harbour so the smaller inshore lifeboat was launched to take over the tow.

Both boats were then reassigned to search for a reported missing person.

After a three hour search was conducted between the piers in Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay the crew were stood down.

Station mechanic Richard Dowson said: "It is typical when there is sunny weather and more people out on the water that we expect more call outs, this has definitely been the busiest weekend of the year for us so far.

"The call outs have been fairly straight forward in good conditions and we are pleased that there has been a good outcome to each rescue.

"We'd like to thank the local police and coastguard for their help and cooperation on some of the incidents and also our volunteer crew who have had a busy weekend aboard our two lifeboats."