Hornsea swimmers kept safe as they take part in annual Summer Solstice dip

Crew member Faye Melody ensured the safety of those participating in the Summer Solstice Swim on Hornsea North and South Beaches
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It was an early morning for the crew of Hornsea Inshore Rescue on Friday as they were deployed at 2 am to ensure the safety of the huge turnout of people taking part in this year's Summer Solstice Swim.

Every year to mark the longest day in the calendar, groups take to the sea to mark the "official" start of summer. To protect everyone taking a dunk, Launch master Rob Prince, with Leading Coxswain Karl Shannon and crew Faye Melody, Jake Blackburn-Roberts and James Kennedy all on board The Spirit of Hornsea lifeboat.

The Hornsea crew cruised South Beach and North Beach constantly, checking that all the swimmers were safe and happy. The Hornsea Mermaids off the South Beach, Hornsea Dolphins off the North Beach and everyone swimming independently were kept safe throughout the swim, and no difficulties were encountered.

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Faye Melody, a Crew member aboard The Spirit of Hornsea said: "It all went off beautifully and everyone enjoyed it. It was a lovely sunrise and well worth getting up so early for, though I must say I was well tired later in the day.”

The lifeboat was out until around 3 am, when she was recovered, returned to base and prepped ahead of the next call out. The Hornsea Inshore Rescue is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year where volunteers assist with searches in the water for missing people or helping those in distress.

Hornsea Inshore Rescue was out at 2 am on Friday, June 21 to look after those taking part in the annual Summer Solstice Swim
Hornsea Inshore Rescue were out at 2 am on Friday, June 21 to look after those taking part in the annual Summer Solstice Swim -Credit:Hornsea Inshore Rescue

They are an independent local rescue organisation that operates outside the RLNI and is supported entirely by donations and grants. The organisation raises its funding by running courses regarding water safety, RYA courses for certifications in Off Shore Power Boating, Jetski handling, RYA One Day First Aid courses to name just a few.

All these courses are led by fully qualified instructors and take place in the organisation’s specialist premises, practical aspects taking place either at sea or on a local lake, dependent upon conditions.