New figures show lifeboat crews in the north of England launched more than 400 times this summer to rescue people in difficulty at sea.
Lifeguards warn safety is paramount as school holidays begin
Skegness is getting a new lifeboat earlier than planned thanks to a large donation by a volunteer who spent 45 years working for the RNLI.
The RNLI are launching a major drowning awareness campaign "Respect the Water" today , warning people to stay safe this summer.
The campaign coincides with the charity revealing fifteen people accidentally lost their lives on the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire coast over the past 3 years.
There was also a high number of near-misses on the region's coastline in the past year as 239 lives were saved by the RNLI's lifeboat crews.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is seeking extra volunteers in North and East Yorkshire to help raise awareness and funds for its lifesaving work.
Volunteer fundraiser recruitment evenings are taking place on Tuesday 3 June, at the White Swan Inn in Pickering at 7pm and on Wednesday 4 June, at The Beverley Arms Hotel in Beverley at 7pm.
92% of the charity’s total income comes from donations. The RNLI’s volunteer crews and lifeguards have saved over lives 140,000 since 1824.
Hannah Garnett, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, said: "Whether you can help us bake cakes, publicise events through Facebook and Twitter, help with collections or even have a go at organising your own fundraising events – we’d love to hear from you."
Both RNLI lifeboats stationed at Skegness were called out this afternoon to a kayaker in trouble off the Lincolnshire coast.
The volunteer crew were called when one of two kayakers was unable to get back into his canoe having fallen into the sea half a mile off Anderby Creek.
The man’s teenage grandson was in the other kayak but was unable to help him back into his canoe. In an offshore wind, the pair were making very slow progress back to the shore when help arrived.
They tend to be overlooked when the bravery and the heroism of the First World War is recalled.
But round the coast of the UK, thousands of people helped man the lifeboats which came to the rescue of countless casualties.
Casualties from troop carriers and hospital ships.
Their part in Britain's war effort is honoured in a special exhibition that going to tour the UK coastline.
It is visiting Whitby in July but it's just opened at Cromer, as Malcolm Robertson reports.
A massive air, land, and sea search has been taking place to find an angler missing off cliffs on the East Coast.
Dozens of searchers have been scouring an area north of Scarborough to trace Nigel Savage, from Beverley, who was reported missing by his wife yesterday when he failed to return home from a fishing trip.
His two dogs have been rescued from the cliffs, but so far there's been no trace of their owner.
Jon Hill reports:
Lifeboats crews and a helicopter are carrying out a "massive search" for an angler who has been missing overnight.
Humberside Police said Nigel Savage, 49, was reported missing after he failed to return home from a fishing trip near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, with his two springer spaniel dogs.
Mr Savage, from Beverley, East Yorkshire, went to the coast in his green Peugeot 206 car which was found in a lay-by at Crook Ness, Field Lane, Burniston, at 3.26am today.
His two dogs were traced at the cliffs nearby.
A force spokesman said Mr Savage's rucksack and some fishing tackle were also discovered on the cliffs.
He said a woman saw the dogs and rucksack at the location at 4pm yesterday but did not see Mr Savage in the area.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said a "massive land and sea search is taking place".
A search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland, RNLI inshore and offshore lifeboats from Scarborough, along with Coastguard rescue teams from Scarborough, Burniston and Ravenscar have been involved in the operation.
An air, land, and sea search is taking place to find an angler missing off cliffs on the East Coast.
The man's dogs have been found alive near Scarborough, but there has been no sign of the fisherman since the alarm was raised last night.
Jon Hill is there:
Police and Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue have joined in the search for an angler who is missing off the coast of Scarborough.
The man was reported missing last night when he failed to return home. His two dogs were found near the cliffs.
Officers and volunteers have moved the search inland, along cliff top paths and towards the village of Burniston.
Lifeboat crews were stood down earlier this morning.
Scarborough RNLI’s two lifeboats have been temporarily stood down during the ongoing search for a missing angler off Burniston cliffs.
The search was concentrated on the cliffs, shoreline and sea at Hundale Point and Cloughton Wyke, just north of Scarborough, in difficult conditions caused by the second biggest tide in January and heavy swells hampering the search.
The missing man’s two dogs are alive at the scene and are being recovered by coastguard rescue teams.
The man had been angling at Hundale Point, near Scarborough, but failed to return home at 9:30pm yesterday when planned.
Three teams of coastguards, from Burniston, Scarborough and Ravenscar, and a Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer were also involved in the search.