Steering with a sweeping brush

WHITBY’S inshore lifeboat was called out to help the helmsman of a speed boat which was being bashed against the walls of the West Pier on Tuesday afternoon.

The boat had broken down and the single crewman was reportedly using a sweeping brush to try and stop the boat from hitting the wall due to the surf.

A member of the public called the coastguard and the inshore vessel towed the man and the boat back into the harbour.