Late Summer Weekend Keeps Skegness RNLI Lifeboats Busy in October
Monday 3 October 2011
Author: Russell Matthews
Both RNLI lifeboats stationed at Skegness have been in action over the weekend as the hot weather brought thousands of visitors to the beaches of the Lincolnshire resort.
On Saturday, Skegness inshore lifeboat Peterborough Beer Festival IV was called at 2pm to help Police and local Coastguards search central beach for a missing child. During the afternoon a total of seven children went missing and the inshore lifeboat launched three times to help search for them.
Early Sunday morning the all-weather lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher was called to help a yacht with engine failure near the Scott Patch buoy, 10 miles east of Skegness.
The 25ft yacht, Windward, was on passage from Hartlepool to Wells, Norfolk, with two people on board when they got into difficulties. The lifeboat launched at 3:45am and had the yacht, which was now tied up to the Scott Patch buoy, located and under tow by 4:30am.
Coxswain John Irving said that due to the calm conditions the yacht could have been drifting for quite some time.
John added: 'While there was no immediate danger to the lives of those on board the yacht, there was the possibility they could have become a danger to other shipping in the area. We were happy to give them a helping hand towards Wells.'
The lifeboat towed the yacht to the entrance to Wells harbour where the Wells RNLI inshore lifeboat Jane Ann III was launched to take the vessel into the harbour.
Lincolnshire Poacher headed back to Skegness, reaching the beach at 8:45am before being washed down, refuelled and made ready for service at 9:45am.
Just a few hours later, at 1:30pm, the inshore lifeboat was called out again when children started going missing on the busy central beach. The lifeboat joined Police and Coastguard search teams dealing with five missing children over a three-hour period.
All children missing on Saturday and Sunday were found safe and well on the beach and reunited with their parents.
Skegness Lifeboat Operations Manager, Alan Fisher, said the unprecedented warm weather brought huge crowds to the beaches and problems normally associated with an August bank holiday weekend.
He added: 'The incidents on the beach this weekend have demonstrated the value of having RNLI lifeguards on duty, and the lifeguard huts on the beach during the summer, as a visible point of contact for lost children and parents.'
1. Yacht Windward between Skegness lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher and Wells inshore lifeboat Jane Ann III, with Wells crew preparing to take over the tow into Wells harbour. (Credit RNLI/Skegness)
2. Wells inshore lifeboat Jane Ann III towing the yacht Windward into Wells harbour. (Credit RNLI/Skegness)