Whitby Lifeboat – Out In Horrendous Conditions

Whitby Lifeboat Out In Horrific Weather

Whitby Lifeboat, Eight Crew Towed to Safety in Gale

The RNLI Lifeboat from Whitby towed a crew of eight to safety through a Gale today after their boat’s steering and engine failed on the way from Holland to Scotland.

At 10.40am today (Sat 23rd March 2013) Humber Coastguard received a radio call from the skipper of the sailing vessel ’Warnhw’ a former pilot vessel. The skipper informed the Coastguard that they had steering and engine failure and they were making their way to Whitby steering by hand.

Because the easterly Force 8 winds would make it difficult for the vessel to navigate into harbour on its own, Humber Coastguard decided that the vessel really needed assistance and so the RNLI All-Weather lifeboat from Whitby was sent to attach a tow to the ’Warnhw’. Because of the conditions in Whitby a decision was made to tow the vessel to Tees Harbour.

Whitby Lifeboat Leaving Whitby Hrbour

At just after 2.30pm Whitby lifeboat was joined by the RNLI All-weather lifeboat from Hartlepool. They also attached a tow-line to the ’Warnhw’ and helped bring the vessel safely in to Tees Harbour.

Graham Dawson Coastguard Watch Manager said:
“The weather conditions weren’t ideal for this vessel’s journey from Holland to Scotland but the situation became a lot more challenging when technical problems struck. The skipper did exactly the right thing by calling us on the radio to let us know about his situation before the vessel got in to real difficulty.

“If you are planning a voyage check weather and tides before you head out and consider postponing your journey if the elements are against you.”

3 Responses to "Whitby Lifeboat – Out In Horrendous Conditions"

  1. Vanda Inman  March 25, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Its about time those idiots that set out to sea in not ideal conditions had their vessels confiscated to help fund the Lifeboats. My heart sinks a little everytime the lifeboat crew is called out, because you never know if they will all becoming back. Brave souls that they are.

  2. Alan  March 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    It makes me wounder why people put to sea in these horrendous conditions, its then up to the brave lads from the RNLI to go rescue them putting there own lives at risk

  3. Colin Brittain  March 26, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    It is sometimes easy to forget that anyone using the sea relies on our gallant RNLI volunteers when things go wrong.
    There are no real legal obligations where pleasure users are concerned but surely it is high time there was. This latest incident had a reported eight persons on a converted old Pilot boat built in 1959 with little sea experience. I don’t know what the conditions were like when they set off from Holland but locally we had force 8 winds and eight metre metre swells.
    It took all day to tow the stricken craft to the Tees and the lads must have been exhausted by the time the boat was back on its berth.


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