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Man dies after being swept into sea at Scarborough

A man has died in hospital after he was swept out to sea near the Spa in Scarborough's South Bay.

North Yorkshire Police were called at around 6pm yesterday to a report of a man being knocked off the sea wall into the water .

The RNLI and Coastguard also attended the scene of the incident, with air support provided by RAF Leconfield.

An unconscious man was recovered from the water at around 6.40pm and taken to Scarborough District Hospital.

Despite the efforts of paramedics and hospital staff, he was pronounced deceased at hospital.

The man, who has not been named, was from Scarborough and in his thirties.

It is understood that the man was walking in the area with his dog and a friend when he got into difficulties.

The man’s friend was also taken to hospital suffering from shock and the effects of the cold, but has since been discharged.

A family who were walking nearby, raised the alarm with the emergency services.

Two people in hospital after Scarborough sea rescue

Two men were taken to hospital after they were rescued from the sea at Scarborough this evening.

The alarm was raised at 6pm when the Humber coastguard received a 999 call informing them that a person had been knocked off the sea wall at South Shore into the sea by a combination of gale force winds and high tides.

It is not known how the second man ended up in the sea but it is believed he went into to try and rescue the other person.

Both Scarborough RNLI lifeboats were scrambled to rescue the two men from the sea between the former swimming pool and the Spa.

The inshore lifeboat was launched in poor visibility at 6.10pm, followed 20 minutes later by the all-weather lifeboat.

It was at high tide, with a 4-5ft swell amplified by the backwash which made the search more difficult, despite the help of a spotlight from a Sea King helicopter from RAF Leaconfield.

Two coastguard teams , one from Scarborough and the other from Burniston, assisted with the search from the beach.

The two men were eventually rescued from the water and both were taken by ambulance to Scarborough General Hospital for treatment.

“We have very high tides at the moment and when you combine this with gale force winds you get very powerful waves.

"Whilst this can look spectacular we would ask people to please admire the force of nature at a distance.

"Breaking waves will knock you off your feet and are extremely dangerous for both you and the people who will be sent to rescue you.”

– Mike Puplett, Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre


RNLI promote January safety campaign

More fishermen die in January than in any other month of the year. That's the warning from lifeboat crews at the start of a new safety campaign to try to make fishing boats safer.

The RNLI says too many boat owners allow their vessels to become unstable - risking their lives and those of the people who may need to come to try and rescue them. James Webster has been to Bridlington to find out more:

Dawn of a new era for Scarborough's lifeboat

Scarborough's lifeboat has been launched this afternoon as part of a commemorative service for three crew members who died sixty years ago today.

Coxswain John Sheader, second coxswain John Cammish, and signalman Francis Bayes died when their lifeboat overturned as they tried to escort troubled fishing boats back to harbour in turbulent seas.

But today is also the start of a new era for Scarborough's lifeboat. Frazer Maude reports


Scarborough Lifeboathouse to be demolished

Scarborough RNLI is going afloat today to prepare for the demolition of the lifeboathouse.

The two lifeboats will be moored in the harbour while the lifeboathouse is demolished and a new one built.

Artists' impression of the new Scarborough lifeboathouse Credit: RNLI

Two temporary portacabins will be placed in a corner of the harbour for the crew to use as an office, changing rooms, etc.

Today's closure of the lifeboathouse coincides with the 60th anniversary of the capsize in 1954 of the lifeboat ECJR, near the harbour mouth while returning from service.

RNLI crewmembers from yesteryear Credit: RNLI

Coxswain Tom Clark and other RNLI personnel will mark the station closure with a short service beginning at 3pm to remember all those who have not returned to shore.

The lifeboat will launch for the final time from the lifeboathouse, which will soon be demolished and replaced. The crew will lay a wreath in the harbour mouth in memory of the three crew members who died in 1954: coxswain John Sheader, Francis Bayes and John Cammish.

A bagpiper will play a lament as one of the longest serving crew members, Peter Billingsley, lowers the RNLI flag. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Skegness RNLI rescue quad biker

Skegness RNLI's inshore lifeboat was called out when a quad biker got his bike stuck in mud on the beach at Gibraltar Point.

The RNLI"s three volunteer crew members launched just after 3pm yesterday and headed towards Gibraltar Point, four miles south of the lifeboat station.

The lifeboat arrived to find the male quad biker on the beach near his semi-submerged bike, close to the entrance of the river.

Lifeboat helmsman Joe Pieniak said he didn't think they would be able to recover the bike before it became completely submerged by the tide.

Joe said: 'When we arrived on scene we could only see the handlebars above the water. The bike was stuck solid in the mud and with the tide rising fast our initial thoughts were to abandon it and get the biker safely back to dry land.'

However, the crew worked quickly to attach a tow rope to the quad bike in an effort to salvage it and after several attempts were able to pull it free of the mud and recover it out of the water.

Crew members Will Watson and Craig Willard helped the biker push the bike back towards the sand dunes but with the rapidly rising tide they soon found they had been cut off.

The crew were left with no alternative but to abandon the bike and return to Skegness with the biker in the lifeboat.

Joe added: 'It was frustrating that we'd managed to free the bike from the mud only to find the tide had beaten us and we couldn't get it back to dry land. But the priority was always the biker, who was safe and well and reunited with his friends at the lifeboat station.'

RNLI mark 100 years since Rohilla rescue

A weekend of events marking one of the most dramatic rescues in the history of the RNLI finishes today.

Wreaths were lowered into the sea above the wreck. Credit: RNLI

Volunteers helped to save 144 lives of people on the First World War hospital ship the Rohilla which ran aground near Whitby on its way to Dunkirk to rescue soldiers.

As part of the centenary, on 30 October the RNLI tweeted a recreation of the day through the eyes of one of the survivors.

This weekend, 15 boats led by the Whitby RNLI all-weather lifeboat George and Mary Webb sailed to the site of the wreck at Saltwick Nab to allow RNLI volunteers and descendants of those who perished to lay wreaths and pay their respects.

There was a short service of remembrance on board the lifeboat, transmitted by loud speaker to the other boats, before the wreaths were lowered into the sea above the wreck.

RNLI volunteers lay a wreath for those who died on the Rohilla Credit: RNLI

Also in the flotilla was the restored rowing lifeboat William Riley, which 100 years ago was lowered down a cliff on ropes in an attempt to reach the Rohilla. Earlier today, the William Riley gave a rowing and rescue demonstration for the assembled crowds.

The William Riley was one of six RNLI lifeboats which took part in the Rohilla rescue. Also involved was the new motor lifeboat Henry Vernon, which travelled from Tynemouth and was the only vessel able to reach the last 50 survivors on board the stricken ship. People had been suspicious of motor lifeboats until then but this helped convince RNLI crews that they really were the future.

There was a short service of remembrance on board the lifeboat Credit: RNLI

This commemorative weekend has been a very long time in the planning and I’m proud that we have been able to pay a fitting tribute to both those who died and to those who struggled against all the odds to rescue the survivors. Fortunately, the weather was kind to us – we have had very different conditions to those experienced 100 years ago on board the Rohilla. It was very moving to be able to go out to the site of the Rohilla wreck and to remember just what it must have been like for the poor souls on board the stricken vessel, some of them waiting more than two days to be rescued. We must never forget stories like this one, or the people who died during one of the worst tragedies ever to take place off the Yorkshire coast.

– Whitby RNLI volunteer museum curator Peter Thomson MBE
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