This week’s photo

Righting the boatAt training on Sunday, Crew Leader Tom Dobson and veteran Helmsman Mike Sewell demonstrate how to right the Rescue Boat should the worst happen and she is tipped over in the surf on a service.

The crew of the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat give up their time to train every Sunday morning throughout the year and Wednesday evenings in the summer.

Bridge Day Fund Raiser

A Bridge Day, held on Sunday 8th July to raise funds for the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat made £857.

Bridge Day

Helpers from left: Ken Lydall, Chairman, organisers, Karen Sewell and Jan Walker, Crew, James Sewell and Mike Sewell and helper Lynne Lawson.


The event was held in Hinderwell Village Hall where twelve tables played duplicate bridge in the morning and afternoon with a superb lunch in between. The bridge was kindly directed by Vicky Hirst.

The day finished with prize giving and a raffle. The buffet lunch was provided by sponsors and helpers. Vicky Hirst and Ian Draper won the first prize: the Day Lewis Perpetual Trophy and card sets. Second prize went to Mary Winspear and Pauline Armstrong, also card sets. The best slam prize went to Roger Cohen and Sue Cheeseley. Rory O’Connor won the prize for last trick won with a two.

This was the fourth year of this event which has been sponsored by: Mr Bridge, Day Lewis Pharmacy, R H Ford and Son, Family Butchers, Glaisdale, The Royal Hotel, Runswick Bay and Whitby Bridge Club as well as many individuals.

The Chairman of Runswick Bay Rescue Boat Committee, Ken Lydall, thanked Karen Sewell, Jan Walker, Sue Cheeseley and Mo Metcalfe as well as the many other contributors and explained that the money raised would kit out a volunteer crew member.

Picture – Helpers from left: Ken Lydall, Chairman, organisers, Karen Sewell and Jan Walker, Crew, James Sewell and Mike Sewell and helper Lynne Lawson.

Dog Rescued at Runswick Bay

Dog RescueOn Monday 25th March 2012, a walker approached one of Runswick Bay Rescue Boat’s launching authorities to report a dog on Kettleness Beach that seemed in poor health and could not walk. He had carried it as far as he could but had to leave it.

Humber coastguard was contacted and a crew raised at 3pm. After a search from sea proved fruitless, crew went ashore to continue the search and eventually found a black border collie. The dog couldn’t walk so crew carried it clear of rocks and onto the boat, recovering the dog to shore.

Humber coastguard contacted the RSPCA and a vet from Clevedale Veterinary arrived on scene. The dog was assessed and taken by the vet. Crew stood down at 6:35pm.

It is believed the dog could have been missing for a couple of days but was relatively healthy despite its ordeal.

After the vet’s investigations the owner was found and re-united with their pet.

Runswick Bay Rescue Boat crew would like to thank the gentleman who raised the alarm and the couple who offered assistance to the crew on site.

Whitby Gazette – 2nd March 2012

The Whitby Gazette ran a supplement on Friday entitled “We Love the Emergency Services” and very kindly split the advertising revenue gained from the supplement between all the local emergency services. 

RBRB is proud to have featured and very grateful to the Whitby Gazette for their support.

The services featured in the supplement included the local Police, Fire Brigades from Whitby, Goathland and Robin Hood’s Bay, the Ambulance Service, the RNLI from both Whitby and Staithes & Runswick, the local Coastguard teams, Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, the ‘Helicopter Heroes’ including the RAF from Leconfield and the Great North and Yorkshire Air Ambulances and of course RBRB.
Whitby Gazette
A copy of the RBRB section of the feature is  included as a link from the picture on the left, just in case you missed the original.

Here at the Rescue Boat we are gearing up for the 2012 season which will start in earnest from 6th April 2012 (Easter).  There has been a huge amount of work done throughout the winter and there will be some very visible new additions in the 2012 season (both kit and faces) and some new technology.

We are very much looking forward to showing our supporters how we continue to adapt.