Swift response by Staithes RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A swift response by Staithes and Runswick RNLI yesterday evening (Monday 14 May) ensured the safety of two kayakers who had been reported missing by a member of the public.

Lifeboat heading out of harbour

RNLI/Grant McKee

Staithes and Runswick RNLI's inshore lifeboat leaving harbour yesterday (Monday)
The alarm was raised after a walker near Hummersea, between Staithes and Skinningrove, noticed that two kayakers were no longer on their craft and could not be seen.

Staithes RNLI inshore lifeboat Sheila & Dennis Tongue III was quickly on the scene and established that the kayakers were not missing but wreck diving. Their kayaks were flying the appropriate diving flags and the crew stood off until the two divers surfaced and were in no difficulties.

A spokesman for Staithes RNLI said it was a false alarm with good intent: ‘It was understandable that the walker was concerned. It’s always a good idea for divers to let the Coastguard know their plans before setting off.'

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