Staithes rescue

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HEAVY seas trapped five people on the east pier in Staithes on Monday as the harbour’s RNLI team came to their aid.

The volunteer crew of the Staithes & Runswick RNLI lifeboat launched at around 4pm after five people, including four children, became trapped on the east pier in heavy breaking seas.

The lifeboat made the short trip across the harbour to rescue the people who had become trapped by the incoming tide and despite large waves breaking over the pier were able to manoeuvre skilfully alongside and begin transferring the casualties to the lifeboat.

A lifeboat spokesperson said: ‘We would advise people not to underestimate the power large waves can have and be mindful of this when deciding to walk along the pier.’

The casualties were then brought back to the RNLI slipway where other members of the crew were waiting to help them safely ashore.

All those involved were uninjured, but the spokesperson added that the situation could have been more serious as there was 40 minutes left until high tide and the waves breaking over the pier would have become more dangerous.

The lifeboat was recovered and made ready for service by 4.15pm.