Family raise cash for Brid Lifeboat

Family members of Dean Park raised �925 for the Bridlington RNLI
Family members of Dean Park raised �925 for the Bridlington RNLI

The family of a man who died in Bridlington harbour on Christmas Day have raised £925 for the RNLI members who recovered his body.

Dean Park, 43, was spotted by a member of the public on December 25 2015 close to the Esplanade.

Despite a joint rescue effort by Humber Coastguard and Bridlington RNLI, Dean died shortly after being pulled from the sea.

Now, his family have raised money as a thank-you to the RNLI for risking their lives.

Rose Eunson, Dean’s auntie, said: “It was a real shock to the whole family. I couldn not believe what I was being told.

“He was a happy-go-lucky man. His mother still hasn’t come to terms with it.

“The lifeboat crew were fantastic by risking their lives the way they did.”

The Bridlington resident’s family raised the money through fundraising events at Rayners pub in Hull, run by Rose, including a charity day where Bridlington RNLI crewmen were in attendance.

“We are pleased with the amount of money raised overall with a lot coming from our auction and tombola featuring prizes from Hull City,” said Rose, 51. “I’d like to thank all the traders in Hull who have helped and the RNLI who have been great. It’s so sad as Dean was still so young and had so much to live for.”