Sunshine means busy lifeboat weekend

With the Yorkshire coast enjoying its share of a heat wave, the district’s lifeboat teams found themselves dealing with a number of shout outs.

On Saturday Staithes RNLI team assisted with recovery of a male who was stuck on cliffs at Kettleness at around 3pm. The team helped locate the man and he was airlifted to safety by the RAF Sea King helicopter.

Orca is brought in to the harbour by the RNLI lifeboat team

Orca is brought in to the harbour by the RNLI lifeboat team

The previous day the Staithes crew had been launched to assist a Springer Spaniel which had leapt into the harbour at Staithes. Concerned for the animal’s safety, they owner contacted the RNLI team.

However, the 13-year-old pooch named Bracken was able to swim back to shore safely and a spokesperson for the Coastguard said: “I have never lost a dog yet, apart from a Bull Terrier once, when the lifeboat accidentally ran him over. Thankfully, this time the dog was safe, though he was feeling a bit ruff.”

Monday saw Whitby’s RNLI team respond to the fishing vessel Orca which had broken down off Sandsend. The lifeboat team launched the George and Mary Webb at around 10.50am and was able to locate the vessel and tow it back to Whitby’s Fish Pier.

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