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Staithes RNLI launch after report of people cut off by tide

Lifeboats News Release

Staithes and Runswick RNLI's new inshore lifeboat was in action this evening (Tuesday) after people were reported cut off by tide at neighbouring Runswick Bay.

Staithes' new lifeboat Sheila & Dennis Tongue III at sea

RNLI/Grant McKee

Staithes' new lifeboat Sheila & Dennis Tongue III at sea
The call came at 5.30 pm after a police report said that 10 people needed help. A swift launch saw the Atlantic 85 Sheila & Dennis Tongue on the scene within minutes but the beach was empty.

The volunteer crew searched the coastline from Kettleness back to Staithes but saw nobody and the incident was logged as a 'false alarm with good intent.'

On Saturday, the new lifeboat will be formally named in a ceremony at Staithes by relatives of the late Sheila and Dennis Tongue whose million pound bequest to the RNLI is funding four new inshore lifeboats.

'It's always better to be safe than sorry,' said an RNLI spokesman at Staithes. "We do recommend people enjoying the beach to look at the tide tables and not to stray too far when the tide is coming in.'

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