Whitby’s lifeboat crews have had one of the busiest starts to a year so far.
All Weather Lifeboat George and Mary Webb and the inshore boat, OEM Sto ne III, have both been on duty with a range of call-outs, from fishing boat tows to recovering casualties.
Station Mechanic Richard Dowson said: “The volunteer crew at Whitby have had to deal with some less than routine shouts and that just shows how important their training is. We never know what we are going to.
“A big percentage of call-outs are to vessels with machinery failure but this year is proving to be different.”
The first shout came on Friday January 15 to search for an angler feared missing in difficult sea and weather conditions in Staithes. They were joined by the Coastguard helicopter but were stood down after two and a half hours when the angler was reported safe onshore.
The most recent was on Friday to investigate reports of a flare fired towards Ravenscar. Nothing was found after a search and they were stood down two hours later.
Other shouts were:
Friday January 29 – crew on foot paged to assist recovery of body at foot of east cliffs near Henrietta Street.
Saturday January 30 – 7.55am ALB tasked to tow back to harbour of fishing vessel Celestial Dawn.
Thursday February 11 – At 15.42 both boats paged to help persons cut off by tide at Boggle Hole but stood down as they reached shore themsleves.
Tuesday February 15 – ALB paged at 6.15pm to rescue of casualty with leg injury after a fall at beach.Remained on scene for two hours until Coastguard helicopter winched casualty to hospital
Thursday February 18 – ILB launched to search for missing person at Sandsend.