Two surfers spark sea rescue drama

A RAF Sea King helicopter and below, Ian Born, of the Humber Coastguard

A RAF Sea King helicopter and below, Ian Born, of the Humber Coastguard

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n A spokesperson for the Scarborough lifeboat said the Fanny Victoria Wilkinson and Frank Stubbs had been launched by its volunteer crew after being called out at 12:15pm.

SURFERS off Scarborough had a lucky escape for the second time this week after a dramatic airborne search was launched yesterday.

Brid Coastguard Station'visit by children from Cliffe House Nursery'pictured with Ian Born coastguard watch assistant'PA0636-11

Brid Coastguard Station'visit by children from Cliffe House Nursery'pictured with Ian Born coastguard watch assistant'PA0636-11

An RAF search and rescue helicopter joined the Coastguard and the Scarborough Lifeboat after a report of two surfers in difficulties off the North Bay was received at 12:10pm.

The search lasted for around an hour before it was established that the two surfers had battled their way back the shore against a strong current.

The incident follows a similar rescue effort on Monday, when an RAF Leconfield helicopter was called out by the Coastguard after a surfer went missing in the darkness off Cayton Bay.

He also managed to make his way back to shore, but following the latest rescue mission, Ian Born, the Humber Coastguard’s deputy watch manager, asked for surfers to get in touch with them before they take to the waves.

He said: “We’re not in the business of stopping people enjoying themselves, but if surfers let us know when and where they’re out and about we have a starting point if something goes wrong.

“We don’t take any chances if we hear someone is in trouble in the water. We had the lifeboat, coastguard and helicopter searching the beach.

“We determined that the surfers had made it to the shore safely but until then we were looking as normal.”

Mr Born said that a severe weather warning has been issued by the Met Office predicting strong winds this week and that while they may make for good surfing conditions, surfers should be aware of the dangers of extreme weather as well as darkness.

He added: “We want to make sure people have their fun but get home safely.”

It is believed that a jogger noticed the two surfers struggling to get ashore in the North Bay yesterday.

The jogger ran to Scarborough’s lifeboat house where he raised the alarm. The Coastguard were contacted and they called in air support as rescuers rushed to the scene.

After speaking to remaining onlookers on a sparsely populated North Bay it was discovered that after they managed to reach the shore, the surfers got into a car and made a sharp exit.

If any surfers wish to contact the Coastguard and let them know they are planning on surfing, they can do so on 01262 672317.