Whitby RNLI crew's statement following 'difficult time'
Whitby RNLI crew insist they are working together after a 'difficult time' in new statement.
It comes after two crew members were stood down following an investigation into inappropriate sexual mugs.
Another four members stood down after the decision was made.
Since then the official Whitby RNLI social media accounts have been taking aim at the main organisation
The statement from the Whitby Lifeboat Crew reads: "Lifeboat crews at Whitby have been saving lives since 1802 and continue to do so today as volunteers and staff at Whitby RNLI are dedicated to operate an effective lifesaving service on the Yorkshire Coast.
"We are proud to be part of the charity and continue to work as one RNLI with the support of the management team, Friends of Whitby Lifeboat, museum staff, supporters, lifeguards and our families to save lives at sea.
"The last few months have been a difficult time for us all and we are saddened by recent events at the station and how they have been reported in the media, which we believe is a misrepresentation of the true facts. Today, we want to take the opportunity to have our say.
"Firstly, we want to say thank you to those in the local community for their unwavering support and commitment to the crew at the station.
"Secondly, we want to say that our crew are working together with the RNLI to make sure our lifeboats continue to respond 24/7 when the pagers go. What has been posted recently on the stations own social media channels was not posted by a member of the Whitby crew and does not represent our views.
"We are one RNLI. We are united in working together and wish to move forward and get on with what we do best – saving lives at sea."
A post on the Whitby RNLI Official Facebook page claims the statement, which was released on Friday evening, was not from the Whitby crew but from the RNLI headquarters in Poole.
The RNLI has reiterated that the statement is from the current Whitby crew.