Lifeboat on even keel after swell boost

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FILEY Lifeboat volunteers are in buoyant mood after receiving new lifejackets.

Crews on the all-weather lifeboat, The Keep Fit Association, and its inshore vessel, Braund, will respond to calls in their new kit designed for search and rescue operations.

The jackets are equipped with water-activated emergency lights and flare pockets for day and night distress flares.

There are also zipped pockets for casualty care kits, torches, gloves and knives and were given their first outing during the rescue of the fishing coble Margaret, which was towed back to Filey after suffering engine trouble.

Coxswain Barry Robson said: “We are very lucky to have the life-jackets and it is times like this, when some new kit arrives, that we all appreciate the efforts of everyone in our local community and beyond who dip into their pockets in a wide variety of ways to provide the much-needed funding.

“Adjusting the jackets to fit is far easier now and the additional support from the harness takes a lot of the weight off the crew’s neck and shoulders.

“The jackets are lighter, less bulky and easier to work in.

“Lifejackets are essential pieces of kit for all our volunteers and the new design will definitely make a difference to our safety and our comfort.”

Filey Lifeboat Station has to meet the full cost of the vital pieces of kit - an average of £3,000.

Anyone interested in donating money or supporting the cause should the boathouse, in Coble Landing, or contact volunteer press officer Ellie Doyle at the same venue.