RNLI helps fishing coble after flare alert

Pride of Leicester at Runswick Bay

A grateful fisherman in a stricken coble called True Love found he could rely on flares to help save him.

The fisherman fired a red flare after getting into trouble one evening in July in the waters at Staithes, North Yorkshire.

The skipper of the coble True Love was working on pots half a mile off-shore when a line became entangled with the boat’s propeller.

The flare was spotted by members of the public on the seafront and the Staithes and Runswick RNLI lifeboat Pride of Leicester was launched to help free the rope and escort True Love back to harbour.

Working closely with the RNLI is Staithes and Skinningrove Coastguard team, which has had a busy year. Up until July it had responded to 45 incidents covering a wide variety of emergencies.

It has worked and trained with other agencies and services including Whitby Coastguard, Redcar Coastguard,, Redcar RNLI, Whitby RNLI official, North East Ambulance Service, North Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Cleveland Police, RNLI lifeguards, Bomb disposal teams and HM Coastguard Helicopters.

Staithes and Skinningrove Coastguard team regularly trains to maintain and enhance its skills, attends various educational and PR events and spends time maintaining its station, vehicles and equipment.

The image is of Pride of Leicester on a previous mission.

ago. 08, 2016