Whitby Gazette – Abseiler dies in cliff fall (police are appealing for witnesses)

This article first appeared in the Whitby Gazette Online on 21st July 2014.  You can link to the article in the Whitby Gazette online here. The text follows:

A man has died after falling from cliffs at Kettleness near Whitby on Friday morning.

The 51-year-old victim, who police say was from the Cleveland area, was abseiling down the 375ft high cliffs at around 10.40am when he fell.

Reports locally suggested the two men involved had been hunting for Whitby jet, although this has not yet been confirmed by police.

Temporary Detective Superintendent Steve Smith, said: “This is a tragic incident involving two climbers who appear to have got into difficulty, resulting in the death of one of them.

“A full investigation is underway to establish exactly what happened.

“The family of the dead man are being supported by specially trained officers at this time.”

One man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

The emergency services were called at around 11.20pm on Friday, to reports that a climber had fallen from a cliff at Kettleness Point near Runswick Bay.

The injured man, was airlifted by RAF Sea King helicopter to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough where he was pronounced dead.

A friend who was at the scene was unhurt and a spokesperson for Whitby coastguard, who attended the incident and cared for the second man, said: “He just said his friend was going down the cliff and they had tied this rope round a rock. But it moved and down he went.”

The man was later rushed to hospital by Staithes Coastguard after suffering from shock.

North Yorkshire Police are carrying out a full investigation into the incident to determine the exact circumstances which led to the man falling to his death.

They are appealing for walkers who were in the Kettleness and Runswick Bay area on Friday July 18 to contact them as part of an investigation into the man’s death.

The area is popular with walkers and the Cleveland Way goes through the village of Kettleness. Anyone passing through at the time may have vital information which could help the investigation. It is believed that at least two walkers were seen in the area around the time the incident happened, we are appealing for them to come forward.

Anyone who was in the area the time, even if you believe your information is insignificant, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Scarborough CID.

Please quote reference 12140119069 when passing on information.

North Yorkshire Police, Staithes and Whitby coastguard and Runswick Bay Rescue Boat attended the incident.

Photographs from the Whitby Gazette (credited to Dag Kjelldahl) follow:








Huge Thanks and one Farewell

WG 2014-05-23The crew and committee of RBRB would like to express their thanks to all the recent fundraisers who work hard and are so generous with their time and money.

There was an article in the Whitby Gazette on Friday 23rd May 2014 covering a number of the recent events and donations (reproduced on the right).

This year will be a busy year, with work ongoing to ensure that RBRB continues it’s service into the future by embracing the new MCA Rescue Boat Code and also the intended purchase of a new boat this summer (watch this space for further announcements).

Glenn's DoThere was also a retirement party at Whitby Pavillion for Glenn Goodberry, the former mechanic on Whitby RNLI Lifeboat, and a valued supporter of RBRB. We would like to acknowledge Glenn’s, and all the crew and management at Whitby RNLI, contribution to helping us get off the ground some 32 years ago and helping us stay afloat all these years. A number of the crew and committee of RBRB attended Glenn’s do (left) and helped give him a worthy send off.

Folk Night at The Friendship Raises over £800

The below is a rather nice Whitby Gazette article published today about a fundraiser that took place on 7th March at the Friendship Rowing Club in Whitby. The event is an annual event organised by star fundraisers Nick and Christine Scaife. The Crew and Committee of RBRB extend their huge thanks and appreciation to the Scaifes for once again organising a tremendous evening and for all the other work they do throughout the year to help keep the Rescue Boat going.

Folk Night at The Friendship

RBRB Weekend Raises over £6,000

Don’t believe everything you read in the press … the final figure was much higher, after a fabulous fundraising weekend which many acclaimed to be the best yet. Well done everyone, and thank you to all who took part, contributed, organised, donated prizes and salads and worked so hard to make the weekend such a success.
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Whitby Gazette – Villagers’ Joy at Life-Saving Donation

The below piece was published in the Whitby Gazette on Friday 3rd May 2013, following a demonstration of the new life-saving automatic defibrillator by the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat to the village of Runswick Bay at the Village Fishermens’ Institute. The purchase of the defibrillator, which is located on the exterior wall of the Rescue Boat house, was made possible by the very generous donation of £1,465 from the Co-Operative Community Fund.
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Folk Night at The Friendship

The annual Folk Night, organised by Nick and Christine Scaife, has raised another fantastic sum for RBRB.  We are truly endebted to these stalwarts of fundraising (and other involvements, being Secretary and running the Friends of RBRB for us for some time too!) for their continuing marvellous contributions to keeping our service alive and thriving.

The RBRB Choir

The RBRB “Choir”

The RBRB choir turned out in support and ‘entertained’ the crowds.

Nick Scaife said later:  “we had a fantastic night, the singing and music was excellent, one of the best nights we’ve had and I think everyone had a great time. We managed to raise a superb sum of six hundred and eighty one pounds fifteen pence. £681.15 so a huge thank-you to everyone who contributed. I do not want to note individuals for fear of missing someone out but everyone gave generously and the Runswick Gold Ale was rather nice!”

The Lucky Winners

Some of the ‘lucky’ winners

Six lucky winners also had the opportunity to try it for themselves, taking to sea in the rescue boat, the following Sunday morning.

Our thanks to the Scaifes as we look forward again to the start of another season.  Easter is only a few weeks away and RBRB is ready, with the newly installed and issued pagers now in situ and winter training having gone very well. 

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.