RNLI head out to suspected fire on vessell in Mablethorpe waters


The Mablethorpe RNLI Lifeboat crew was called out last night (Tuesday) at around 6.55pm after receiving a call from a member of the public who thought they had seen a vessel on fire just to the South of the RNLI station.

Mablethorpe Coastguard were in attendance when some of their crew and the RNLI spotted two red flares about seven miles off the boat house.

Mablethorpe RNLI Atlantic 75 was launched and proceeded to the location.

Also in the vicinity was the new coastguard helicopter training in the area, although it is not SAR ready it joined in the search. Humber RNLI was tasked to join the search.

Mablethorpe looked as far as fourteen miles out to sea before Humber Coastguard stood all teams down as it was confirmed the flares were from fighter jets practicing in the area, the vessel was not on fire but the deck lights reflecting on the water made it look alight.

Shaun Riggall, senior Helm at Mablethorpe RNLI praised his crew for their swift response and sends thanks to the members of the public for calling 999 to report the possible fire.