UK: Pictures released of Bridlington lifeboats in dramatic rescue of four-man crew from sinking fishing boat on Tuesday – 110413 1435z

Bridlington RNLIs two lifeboats were involved in an attempt to rescue the four-man crew from a local fishing boat Serene on Tuesday (9 April).

(All photos credit Andy Brompton/ RNLI)

The fishing boat crew found themselves in trouble making their way towards Bridlington harbour just after 9.00am. As they approached, their vessel was hit sideways by a breaking sea which also tipped their fishing gear over the side of the boat.

Unfortunately, some of the fishing gear snagged the propeller leaving them without any means of power. Alerted by Humber Coastguard the inshore lifeboat Windsor Spirit made its way quickly to the scene with a crew of four.

Stuart Tibbett, 2nd Coxswain, managed to get on board the Serene to assess the situation. He decided that the crew should be taken off and that Bridlingtons all-weather lifeboat Marine Engineer be requested along with a portable pump.

The Serene was by now aground making it impossible for the lifeboat to get the pump to the fishing boat.
Lifeboat coxswain, Stewart Mckie, decided that the RNLI water sealed tractor might be able to get alongside the Serene and pass the pump over, which proved successful.

Stuart Tibbett and one of the inshore lifeboat crew set the pump going and for a time the water in the boat started to empty.

After changing into some dry clothes the Serene’s skipper and a friend were put back on board to help get the boat ready for towing. With an increasing wind the seas started to break over the boats stern filling the boat. The two lifeboat men made every effort to keep the pump running but it became swamped.

Stuart Tibbett said: Despite all our efforts the boat looked in danger of going over so I told everyone to get to the bow and requested the inshore boat take us off.

Before leaving the stricken vessel, the lifeboat crews had managed to pass a line and tow rope to the Serene.
After many attempts the lifeboat crew could not move the Serene and after almost going aground themselves and taking enough water to fill the engine room, the coxswain decided for the safety of his crew and boat, to return to the beach.

Coxswain, Stu Mckie, said: We tried to move the boat but it was fast, we grounded ourselves at one stage but the Serene crew were safely ashore which is our priority.” – RNLI

(All photos credit Andy Brompton/ RNLI)

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 236 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland


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