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Scarborough and Whitby RNLI involved in multi-agency operation

Lifeboats News Release

A large operation took place today (Monday 6 November) involving four RNLI lifeboats from Scarborough and Whitby.

Scarborough RNLI’s Shannon all-weather lifeboat returns from the shout

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Scarborough RNLI’s Shannon all-weather lifeboat returns from the shout

The volunteer crews were paged after reports came in that a casualty was in the water a few miles north of Scarborough.

Shortly before noon, the inshore and all-weather lifeboats from both ports proceeded to a point close to shore, north of Hayburn Wyke.

The casualty was recovered from the water by Scarborough’s inshore lifeboat and transferred to the Shannon lifeboat with the help of Whitby’s inshore lifeboat.

The person was then winched aboard the Coastguard rescue helicopter, which airlifted him to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.

The lifeboats were stood down and returned to their stations, where shore crews were waiting to rehouse them.

John Senior, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: 'The RNLI crews and Coastguard helicopter responded quickly and worked together to ensure the casualty was transferred to hospital as quickly and efficiently as possible.'

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For more information please contact Dave Barry, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on: 07890 322992

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Scarborough RNLI’s Shannon all-weather lifeboat is recovered

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Scarborough RNLI’s inshore lifeboat is recovered

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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