Bridlington Lifeboat rescue after red flare is spotted at sea

The inshore lifeboat crew in the water yesterday.
The inshore lifeboat crew in the water yesterday.

An eagle-eyed member of the public helped to start the rescue of a jet-skier who was in trouble near Bridlington.

Bridlington's two lifeboats and the Flamborough crew had spent yesterday carrying out training exercises in the bay and the teams had just finished when the alarm was raised.

The crew headed to Wilsthorpe, south of Bridlington.

The crew headed to Wilsthorpe, south of Bridlington.

A spokesman for Bridlington Lifeboat said: "At 2.39pm, shortly after the exercise was finished and both boats were washed down, refueled and back in the boathouse, a call came into the station from a member of the public who had spotted a red flare.

"The incident was reported to the UK Coastguard resulting in the inshore lifeboat going to assist a jet ski that had suffered engine problems off the coast near Wilsthorpe.

"Our grateful thanks to the member of public who alerted us. Please remember if you see anything that gives you concern at sea or along the coast please ring 999 and ask for the coastguard."

Coastguards said that the jet-skier had all the necessary safety equipment with him but was given safety advice once he had been towed back to shore.

Read more about Bridlington Lifeboat here.