A busy weekend for Flamborough’s RNLI lifeboat saw it receive five call outs over Friday and Saturday.
The hot weather saw an influx of visitors to local beaches, and proved testing for the four man crew of the Elizabeth Jane Palmer who dealt with three straight shouts on Saturday afternoon. They launched at 12.35pm on Friday July 12, after a report that a small Dory fishing boat with two people on board had broken down approximately six miles south of Flamborough after suffering mechanical failure. They were towed back to Hornsea.
The next day, Saturday July 13, the volunteer crew were paged at 12.45pm following reports that a 16-foot boat had broken down with two adults and two children on board. A line was secured to the vessel, which was stranded around a mile off Flamborough, before it was towed back to the Belvedere Launch site in Bridlington. They were called into action again at 4.35pm on Saturday, when a small inflatable became stranded around three miles south east of Flamborough’s South Landing, after the engine failed.
The lifeboat crew began to tow the craft and its two passengers back to shore when another call came through from the Coastguard, to say that people were stranded by the tide at Flamborough’s North Landing. After quickly dropping off the towed boat, they made their way to North Landing before being told those stranded, believed to be holidaymakers, had managed to climb away from danger. While on their way back to the lifeboat station, the crew got their third straight call that someone else had been cut off by the tide, and headed back to North Landing.
The crew remained on scene until 5.30pm, but again were not needed to make a rescue.
A spokesperson for Flamborough RNLI said: “Once again, we would warn people to be careful when exploring Flamborough’s beaches and caves, and always check tide times. Do not try and judge from the water line, as the tide can come in very quickly and cut you off.”