30 May 1999 both lifeboats from Redcar were scrambled
to the rescue of a man trapped by the rising tide beneath the
200 foot high cliffs at Saltburn. In a highly hazardous manoeuvre
first the Atlantic 21 class lifeboat "Leicester Challenge"
with three crewmembers aboard tried to approach the man through
waves between 6 and 9 feet high. Eventually crewmember Tony
Wild swam ashore with a safety line and a lifejacket for
the survivor but before the man could be evacuated a series
of very large waves caused the lifeboat to ground heavily.
At about the same time, with one propeller severely damaged,
the other propeller became fouled on a loose rope in the water.
Helmsman Mark Reeves performed tremendously well under
the circumstances to coax the lifeboat to clearer water.
seen the problems encountered by "Leicester Challenge"
the helmsman of Redcars D class lifeboat "Peterborough
Beef Festival 1", Mark Greaves and his crewmember
without hesitation or regard for their own safety drove the
smaller lifeboat through the breaking seas and onto the shore
alongside the trapped man.
a great deal of perseverance and determination the two lifeboatmen
aboard "Peterborough Beer Festival 1" together
with Tony Wild were able to evacuate the man after having
been first thrown back onto the shore three times by the power
of the waves, narrowly avoiding capsize on each occasion. The
rescued man was then transferred to the "Leicester Challenge"
for a more speedy and comfortable evacuation to safety at Redcar.
efforts of all five lifeboat crewmembers were recognised by
the RNLI Committee of Management with the presentation of Certificates
of Commendation to each of them. The Chairman's letter remarks
was a well-executed service carried out in difficult conditions'.