SOLE SURVIVOR OF SEAHAM DISASTER TELLS HOW LIFEBOAT CAPSIZED
“ACCIDENT” VERDICT ON NINE.
The sole survivor of the Seaham lifeboat disaster on November 17, a 32 year-old miner, Donald Whinfield Burrell retold the whole story of the tragedy. He gave evidence at the Seaham inquest on the eight men and the boy – his own son, who died. A verdict of “accidental death due to drowning” was recorded.
RNLB George Elmy on the Chemical Beach 18/11/1962.Launch of RNLB George Elmy shortly after her arrival in Seaham .
She was formally christened by the Marchioness of Londonderry on 26th of June 1950.
The George Elmy was a Liverpool-type boat but capable of being launched from a beach. She weighed 8 tons and carried two 18 horse-power watertight petrol engines, giving her a speed of seven and a half knots.