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Webcam To Be Installed To Look At Whitby Sea And Piers

Webcam To Be Installed To Look At Whitby Sea And Piers

Published by Karen Liu at 8:06am 28th May 2020.

The Chairman of the Whitby RNLI Lifeboat Management Group has crowdfunded for a webcam to be installed at the town's boathouse which will look directly out to sea. 

Mike Major who lives in South Leicestershire but visits Whitby regularly, views the other Whitby webcams dotted around the harbour but felt there was a need for one looking directly out to sea.

He said:

"The moorings above the bridge are very sheltered and can give the impression that the sea conditions are benign.

The camera will enable sailors and boat owners to check conditions before venturing away from their moorings.

This will also benefit those living away from Whitby as they can check conditions before travelling."

The lifeboat station at Whitby is nestled in the harbour and enjoys views out towards the two piers that shelter the town from rough seas.

The camera will be available for anyone to access, so people will be able view the busy outer harbour of their favourite seaside town.

Barry Brown, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Whitby RNLI said:

"We all think it is a brilliant idea and will be a real asset to the station, being able to check the conditions from home will be really useful.

However we'd also like to remind people to always check the forecasts and make sure their equipment is fully operational before heading out to sea."

Mike also came up with the idea as a fundraiser for the station. He said:

"Encouraging visitors to the Whitby RNLI website will allow for donations to be made, which will help offset the reduction in income as a result of usual fundraising being suspended."

Mike has already raised more than his initial target of £500 and is going to donate the surplus to RNLI funds. He said:

"The RNLI is a life-saving charity and relies on donations to keep operating, the service as been fully operational during the coronavirus pandemic, showing the dedication of the volunteers involved."

The link to the Just Giving page is: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/whitbyrnliwebcam?utm_id=2&utm_term=Wz7mVexde all further donations will go straight to the RNLI to help pay for vital lifesaving equipment and training.

Photo credit: RNLI/Ceri Oakes

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