Stranded pair rescued from sea by helicopter

Two people stranded on the Whitby Coast had to be rescued by helicopter after they were cut off by the sea.

The pair got into trouble between the Abbey plain and Saltwick Nab, and after attempts by Whitby RNLI and the Coastguard to bring them to safety were abandoned, an RAF Sea King helicopter was drafted in to complete the rescue.

Whitby ILB in dumping shore brake

Whitby ILB in dumping shore brake

Coxswain Mike Russell of Whitby RNLI said: “We launched our inshore lifeboat but could not reach the pair due to the tide and an easterly swell.

“We realised that our boat would struggle to safely extract them and an attempt by the Coastguard to pull them up the cliff face was also abandoned in favour of calling in an RAF Sea King helicopter.”

The pair, who are not thought to be local to the area, had to endure a lengthy wait until the helicopter arrived, but were accompanied by a Whitby RNLI crew member.

Russell continued: “It took 35 minutes for the helicopter to arrive from RAF Leconfield due to fog south of Scarborough, but a lifeboat crew member waited with the stranded duo until all three of them were winched to safety and landed at Whitby Abbey.

“The lady and gentleman were obviously quite distressed but that is why we left a crew member with them to reassure them while the rescue was completed.”