Bridlington RNLI volunteers react to busy few hours

Lifeboats News Release

Bridlington emergency services were put to the test on Saturday 3rd June when lifeboats, Coastguards and Lifeguards responded to three calls for help within four hours.

RNLI/Andy Brompton

Bridlington lifeboat launches to cruiser.
At 3.43pm on Saturday HM Coastguard paged for the inshore lifeboat after lifeguards had spotted a jet ski drifting with no one in the area.

The inshore lifeboat crew and lifeguards did a search of the area before being informed that the jet ski engine had failed and the owner was safely ashore.

Shortly after receiving a call from a 30ft cabin cruiser with a crew of two on board, coastguards requested RNLI Bridlington's all weather lifeboat Marine Engineer.

The volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 5.12pm to the vessel which had a steering problem the lifeboat crew towed the boat back to Bridlington harbour entering at 10.28pm.

After spotting a speedboat apparently drifting lifeguards informed the coastguard
With the offshore lifeboat already at sea, the inshore lifeboat crew were once again paged at 6.06pm, the speedboat and its crew of two were towed safely to shore.

The following day Sunday 4th June the inshore crew were paged again after a small day boat had fired three red flares in the North Bay the boat was towed safely to the launching site.

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