Filey lifeboat’s final mission and our debt to RNLI - The Yorkshire Post says

THE POIGNANCY as Filey’s lifeboat took to the North Sea for the final time before being retired from service by the RNLI was palpable, volunteers and townspeople turning out at dawn to witness what was, for many, an emotional moment.

Filey's Mersey class all-weather lifeboat takes to the sea for the final time before being retired from service. Photo: Tony Johnson.

After all, this is a boat which has undertaken 350 rescue missions – and become a familiar feature in a coastal town that has had its own lifeboat since 1804.

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Yet, as the Mersey class all-weather lifeboat is replaced with two smaller vessels that the RNLI believes will be able to respond to local incidents more swiftly, yesterday’s scenes were a reminder about the region’s debt to the volunteers who crew these vessels and their willingness to risk their own safety when danger for others beckons.

As Yorkshire emerges from lockdown, and families return to the coast, The Yorkshire Post, once again, hopes that readers will find a way to support the RNLI – a charity which depends on donations to maintain an unique service.

Filey's Mersey class all-weather lifeboat takes to the sea for the final time before being retired from service. Photo: Tony Johnson.