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Friday morning call out for Withernsea RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Withernsea's RNLI volunteers were called out just after 10am this morning to the fishing vessel Misty Blue which had suffered engine failure 4 miles south east of Withernsea.

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Withernsea Lifeboat and Misty Blue back on the beach at Withernsea
Once Withernsea's inshore lifeboat, Henley Eight, had launched they located the casualty nearly 2 miles away from their last given position with help from crew within the lifeboat station who were looking on through binoculars.

Once alongside the casualty vessel, a tow was established from the lifeboat and the 45 minute journey back to Withernsea began.

Misty Blue and her crew of 2 were landed safely back at Withernsea just before 11:30am.

Volunteer crewman Steve Roebuck said: 'Today was a good example that a call can come whenever. Fishing conditions were perfect, flat calm seas, sun shining but the fishermen still found themselves in trouble.

'We train twice a week for every eventuality and today we needed our shore crew to help guide us towards the casualty vessel as they had drifted since their last given position. As a team we worked very effectively and the outcome was great.'

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