Sunday 16 April 1995, two boys were seen in a dangerous situation
at the foot of the cliffs at Saltburn. The Leicester
Challenge launched at 1542 with Mike Picknett
in command and Michael Hoyle, Barry Knaggs and Gordon
Young as crew and headed at full power for the cliffs at
Saltburn, some six miles away. As she approached the Coastguard
Sector Officer on the cliff top showed the lifeboat where the
two casualties were and Mike Picknett made a run past, clear
of the surf line.
saw the two boys standing on rocks at the foot of 500ft cliffs,
just clear of the surf breaking on the rocks. There was still
some one-and-a-half-hours until high water and, although the
boys would probably still be clear of the water, they were already
cut off and could not walk to safety. They were dressed only
in shorts and T-shirts and would have to wait some hours before
they could get to safety. The onshore wind was also forecast
to in crease to Force 6.
discussion with the Coastguard Sector Officer Mike Picknett
decided to evacuate the casualties. By now the wind was NNW
Force 4, with a substantial 2 to 3 metres Northerly swell rolling
in onto the beach. Mike manoeuvred the lifeboat up-tide
of the casualties and clear of the breaking seas, anchored and
then veered down until they were about 60 metres from the shore,
clear of some isolated rocks further inshore.
Young swam ashore with a line, two lifejackets and a waterproof
VHF radio and secured the line around a rock. The lifeboat was
now secured fore and aft but because Mike Picknett was
worried that the engines might hit the rocks as the boat surged
in the large swell the engines were stopped and lifted clear
of the water. That done, Barry Knaggs also went ashore
to help, and the two boys were soon put into lifejackets and,
as they had arrived by mountain bike, they also put their cycle
helmets on for extra protection.