Lifeboat responds to fire reports

Staithes and Runswick Bay RNLI lifeboat was diverted from its usual Monday night exercise this week (26 Sept), following reports of a fire on the cliffs at Runswick Bay.

The lifeboat crew had just begun their exercise when Humber coastguard requested that they divert to Runswick to assess the state of the fire.

Staithes coastguard teams were already on scene but could not get a clear view from their location.

Entering Runswick Bay, the volunteer crew noticed smoke coming from the small valley at Claymore.

It was decided that the coastguard teams would walk and investigate the source of the smoke.

After discussions between the coastguard, land owner and fire brigade, it was decided there was no need for a fire appliance to attend.

The RNLI lifeboat and coastguard teams then stood down, and the lifeboat continued with their exercise.

The volunteer crew completed their exercise and re-housed the lifeboat, making it ready for service at just after 9am.