Busy bank holiday weekend for life-saving Whitby crews, including a helicopter rescue

The Coastguard vehicle in Whitby harbour. Picture by Whitby Coastguard.
The Coastguard vehicle in Whitby harbour. Picture by Whitby Coastguard.

Life-saving crews in Whitby were repeatedly called into action over the sunny bank holiday weekend.

The team at Whitby Coastguard were in action five times from Saturday to Tuesday, including a dramatic helicopter rescue near Robin Hood’s Bay.

On Saturday night, Coastguards joined police in a search for a missing walker who had not arrived back at the time expected.

A helicopter search ensued between Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay as the teams attempted to locate the casualty.

A Coastguard search team spotted a light on the foreshore close to Northcliffe Caravan Park, near Whitby.

This was from the mobile phone of the casualty who had become cut off after trying to walk back to Whitby along the shoreline.

A spokesman for the Coastguard said: “It was decided that the quickest and safest method to extricate the casualty was by winch onto the Coastguard Helicopter.

"The helicopter then landed to transfer the casualty into the care of Coastguard Officers. Thankfully the individual was fit and well and no medical attention was required. Teams were then stood down shortly before 1am.”

Earlier on the same night the Coastguards had teamed up with Whitby RNLI to attend reports of a person appearing in difficulty in the water between the East Pier and Tate Hill Sands.

On arrival at the scene, Coastguards found that the person who had been in the water had swam back to the beach having jumped in off the East Pier. The individual concerned stated that no assistance was required.

As the above incident was in progress, at 7.15pm Whitby Coastguard Team were tasked to a second incident, this time at Robin Hood’s Bay.

A second team of Coastguards were sent to respond to reports which had been received of an adult and two children who had become cut off by the tide to the North of Robin Hood’s Bay.

The inshore lifeboat also attended.

On arrival at the Bay Coastguard team members began a search for the adult and children whilst the lifeboat searched from the sea.

The individuals were located by the inshore lifeboat just north of Robin Hood’s Bay. They were safely returned back to the shore by the lifeboat.

Coastguards and the RNLI also assisted with two vessels which had got into trouble. A vessel with engine failure was towed back to the harbour on Sunday.

Then on Tuesday a fishing vessel was towed back to the harbour after suffering a fouled propeller.