Volunteers from the local independent lifeboat based at Hessle Foreshore, Humber Rescue are taking part in a multi agency search for a missing person on the River Trent.
Crews were alerted just after 8am today to continue the search for a missing seaman near to Grove Wharf, Flixborough. Humber Rescue volunteers responded by road taking their smaller 3m ‘Rescue Junior’ boat to the wharf where it was lifted in by crane.
In addition to the boat crew, the volunteers also have a shore crew on scene and a crew at the Hessle based Incident Room, where they are talking constantly with both Humberside Police and the HM Coastguard at Bridlington regarding search patterns and crew relief.
Humber Rescue are at present engaged in searching the embankments between the Keadby Bridge and Burton Stather, this pattern will change as the protracted incident progresses.
The incident is still live and ongoing...
Humber Rescue (The lifeboats under the Humber Bridge) facts…
Independent, covering over 500 sq miles
To clarify, Humber Rescue is not affiliated to the RNLI and therefore not associated with the similarly named Humber Lifeboat stationed at Spurn Point. Of course we work alongside their teams at any emergency incidents and have strong partnership arrangements.
Humber Rescue (an independent charity) provide fast response rescue boats on the rivers of the Humber Estuary, an area of approximately 540 square miles which includes the Rivers Trent, Ouse, Hull and Humber. The Estuary is one of the most dangerous navigable rivers in the world and it comes as no surprise that many experienced navigators have been caught out by shifting sands and incredibly strong currents.
Back in ’89 the Humber Rescue heritage
He need for a rescue service on the River Humber that was available round the clock
became increasingly apparent following the withdrawal of the pilot launch from
Hull where it had previously been available for incidents on the river on a 24 hour basis.
An appeal organised by BBC Radio Humberside and the Hull Daily Mail in 1989 raised
sufficient funds to purchase a boat, trailer and launch vehicle and Humber Rescue was launched in April 1990.
The first incident was attended two days after the boat was delivered and in the first nine months 27 incidents were attended. By June 2006 a total of 1,000 incidents had been attended. 2010 was Humber Rescue’s busiest year so far with 120 callouts, followed by 111 in 2011.
The Humber Rescue fast response boats are crewed by a dedicated team of volunteers who bring a diverse range of skills and experience with them. They respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at any time in any weather.
The Humber Estuary
The River Humber is one of the busiest and fastest-growing trading areas in Europe. Almost one quarter of the UK’s seaborne trade passes through the Humber; this includes 25 per cent of the country’s natural gas and 25 per cent of its refined petroleum products. Prior to the formation of Humber Rescue in 1996, there was no such life saving provision in the area, which makes their response team almost invaluable.