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Good Turnout For Scarborough RNLI's Memorial Service

Good Turnout For Scarborough RNLI's Memorial Service

Published by Karen Liu at 9:34am 9th December 2019.

There was a good turnout for Scarborough RNLI’s annual memorial service at St Mary’s Church last night.

It was attended by the borough mayor, Cllr Hazel Lynskey, who was joined by her consort and son Mike Lynskey and granddaughter Ruby Lynskey. They were greeted by Colin Woodhead, who chairs Scarborough RNLI.

Scarborough RNLI annual memory service 2019

Lifeboat operations manager Andy Volans gave the first reading.

The service, conducted by Rev Richard Walker and featuring Filey Fishermen’s Choir, marks the 65th anniversary of one of the worst disasters in the lifeboat’s history.

Three crew died when the ECJR lifeboat overturned in the south bay in a terrible storm on 8th December 1954.

In atrocious conditions, with enormous waves and a howling gale, the lifeboat had been at sea all afternoon, escorting fishing boats back to the harbour.

With its rescue work complete, the ECJR was engulfed by waves and capsized close to the harbour mouth.

The deaths of coxswain Jack Sheader, second coxswain John Cammish and signalman Francis Bayes devastated their families and numbed the town with shock and grief.

Every year since then, the anniversary of the tragedy has been commemorated by a church service remembering those three in particular but also other lifeboat crew who have perished at sea.

They include Frank Dalton, who died in a horrific accident in tumultuous seas on 9th December 1951.

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