Safety call after lifeboat incidents

Filey Lifeboat Day again drew in the crowds for the annual fundraiser.'103169'in media grid news/atex news           08/8/10
Filey Lifeboat Day again drew in the crowds for the annual fundraiser.'103169'in media grid news/atex news 08/8/10
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FILEY Lifeboat crews have issued an urgent warning over sea safety after a spate of incidents off the town’s coast.

Crews received three call-outs this week to people who were reported to be in potential danger.

The first incident took place on Saturday, August 13, when Filey’s all-weather lifeboat, The Keep Fit Association, went to the aid of two people who had been reported missing in a speedboat.

The speedboat’s driver and passenger were found just off Flamborough lighthouse without lifejackets and having run out of fuel.

The vessel was towed back to Filey where it was discovered the owners of the speedboat had only bought it the day before.

A day later, the town’s inshore lifeboat, Braund, was launched after reports of three people in an inflatable dinghy, who were non-swimmers and without lifejackets and drifting in the Reighton area.

However, upon arrival at the scene, it was discovered that the inflatable boat had managed to get safely back to shore.

On Monday, August 15, the inshore lifeboat received another call to help an inflatable dinghy with three people on-board just off Primrose Valley.

When the lifeboat arrived, the boat it was safely beached and the people on-board were found safe and well.

Filey coxswain Barry Robson said despite the fact those involved did not suffer any serious injuries, safety on the water was imperative.

He added: “Anyone using a boat must seek advice on safety equipment, check the tides, tell someone exactly where you are going and wear lifejackets.”

The call-outs came as Filey’s all-weather lifeboat returned from its annual re-fit in Great Yarmouth last week, where ironically, it was involved in another incident at the mouth of the River Humber.

After making its way north, the lifeboat came across the sailing yacht, Sigme, which was experiencing problems with its rigging after it had fouled around the mast and jammed.

The lifeboat stood by until crews from Cleethorpes arrived to escort the yacht to the town’s marina.

Filey’s lifeguards have also issued a string of directives warning in light of the recent lifeboat activity.

They include always swimming at a lifeguarded beach and between the red and yellow flags, never using inflatables in strong winds and rough seas and checking tide times.

Lifeguards have also advised if anyone gets into trouble they should stick their hand in the air and shout for help.

If a beachgoer sees someone struggling to tell a lifeguard, they should call 999.

Alternatively dial 112 and ask for the coastguard.