Sunday, 8 May 2011


Remember to maintain your vessel!

Humber Coastguard has assisted people with three different broken down
vessels, helped people with injuries and sent out resources to an animal
rescue today.

The first broken down vessel called Humber Coastguard at 10.00 am this
morning, reporting engine failure in the River Humber Estuary. The
Coastguard requested the Cleethorpes RNLI inshore lifeboat to launch and
the yacht ‘Medusa’ was towed into Humberston by the lifeboat.

At 11.30 am a further small craft the ‘Free Spirit’ broke down off
Hartlepool. The Coastguard requested the Hartlepool Inshore Lifeboat to
launch to this vessel. The ‘Free Spirit’ was towed back in to

Then at 11.40, a 999 call from a member of the public reported that a
deer was seen to run across the beach at Whitby, and into the sea, where
it began to swim offshore. Whitby inshore lifeboat attended this
incident, and the deer swam back ashore and was then ‘shepherded’
off the beach and into woodland by the Whitby Coastguard team.

At 1.15 pm, Staithes Coastguard Rescue Team and Staithes RNLI  inshore
lifeboat attended to an elderly gentleman, who had injured himself on
the rocks at Staithes, and was in and out of consciousness. The man was
assisted by the teams back to the lifeboat house. He was then taken by
ambulance to hospital in Middlesbrough.

At 1.40 pm, an unusual request came from the Yorkshire Ambulance
Service. A 66 year old man had fallen in his loft, in Bridlington, and
had dislocated his hip. Paramedics were with the man, but extraction
from the loft was proving difficult. Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team
was sent to the house and successfully took the injured man from his
loft to a waiting ambulance.

Then at 2.00 pm, the passenger pleasure craft ‘Coventina’, with 20
passengers onboard, broke down, and drifted onto a submerged object on
the River Tyne. The Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat is currently at the
scene of this incident with the aim of escorting the vessel back to
Newcastle Quays. The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade is also in
attendance, providing communications back to Humber Coastguard.

At 3.40 pm, another request from the Yorkshire
Ambulance Service requested assistance with the evacuation of a woman who
had fallen off her horse on the beach at Mappleton, near Hornsea. The
rescue helicopter from RAF Leconfield is currently on scene with the
Hornsea Coastguard rescue team. It is thought that the lady has suffered neck
and back injuries.

Mike Puplett, Watch Manager at Humber Coastguard says:

‘We’ve had a busy day with some unusual requests so far.
Unfortunately all sorts of vessels do of course break down and we are
here to help. However, we would like to remind people that regular
maintenance is an important part of owning a vessel. The Coastguard and
RNLI will happily provide information and advice on how to keep your
boat in reliable running order’

For further information please contact

Maritime and Coastguard Agency Duty Press Officer on 07703 584024 out of hours or

Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press Office, during office hours on:
(023) 8032 9401

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Before you set to sea remember to:

get trained;
wear a lifejacket;
avoid alcohol;
take a method of communication with you; and
check the weather and tides.