Valhalla Charter Boat Of Bridlington – Down Memory Lane

Fishing Charter Boat Valhalla

The story i am about to tell must be every skippers and anglers nightmare (Sunday the 11th August 1985), it started off as a good days angling aboard the charter boat the Valhalla out of Bridlington with a group of anglers from Negas SAC Hull, the boat was skippered by Ian Taylor known to his friends as skip a good friend of mine.The Valhalla was returnig to to Bridlington harbour after recieving a weather warning when she lost a rudder just out side the harbour enterance and was rapidly  swept towards the harbour wall.

Coast guards who were on the scene with in minutes threw lines and ladders over the wall in desparate at an attempt to rescure the men thrown into the freezing water. Local fishermen also threw lines and life belts to try and get the men of the boat.

Several of those on aboard managed to scramble to safety, while 5 were airlifted to the shore by the RAF helicopter from Leconfield.The rest were hauled to safety onto dry land, but sadly one man Mr Kenneth Handley (58) did loose his life

Below are some of the pictures that Ian has kindly agree to let me tell the story

Trawler leaves harbour to try to give assistance, you can see skippy attempting to get a line aboard the trawler

Boat gets hit with big wave

Anglers holding on

Managed to get a line onto the bow hand rail, but the rail pulls off

Waves starting to swamp the boat

Skip trying to get a line aboard

Boat now swamped and starting to sink

You can see the RAF winch man just to the left hand side of the boat attempting to rescue an angler out of the sea
Boat breaks in half
I would like to thank Ian for allowing me to share his memories of the day, memories that after 25 years still haunt him to day

14 Responses to Valhalla Charter Boat Of Bridlington – Down Memory Lane

  1. harrythecod August 13, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    It just goes to show never take the sea for granted, what a sad sight, the poor men must have been terrified,i hope to god it never happens to me .

  2. Bigbadcol August 13, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Wow it just hammers home hue dangerous things can become in such a short amount of time. Fantastic story


  3. harold August 13, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    A very sad day just goes to show you can never trust the sea, and to loose a rudder when you just about to enter the harbour and safety

  4. keza August 14, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    i agree with the above posts a very sad sad story, it just goes to show how cruel the sea can be RIP Kenneth

  5. johnM August 21, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Very sad to see some one loose there life, so near but yet so far, thanks for sharing the memories with us by telling the story

  6. cna training August 22, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

  7. Glenn Kilpatrick August 25, 2010 at 8:51 am

    A sad story that really illustrates just how dangerous the north sea can be. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  8. soservices February 6, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I was in Brid on that day,, absolutely awful, all i can remember is a teenage lad who had been rescued crying his eyes out,, a very sad day, bridlington just went quiet.

  9. danielle cottam June 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    my grandad is Ian Taylor it took him time but he findley had the curage to get another boat i am his grandaught

  10. Mark Taylor June 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    To soservices; cheers for the words,incredible last four words,sums it up well,though it’s a bit vague to me now,I was 15 and crying coz my Dad had just lost everything he had worked so bloody hard for,i am sat here crying again,it tends to catch me by surprise every 3 or 4 years,told it’s a mild PTSD and never been to sea since that day,but i knew that,going forward i would be able to take anything that the world can through at me.
    When we got a new boat we mounted a plaque in memory of Ken and i still has the Negas SAC badge they gave me.

  11. Garry May 19, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Never knew the name of the boat, but I was there. Virtually under the helicopter and yards away from the poor soul laid on the floor.
    Soon as I realised the seriousness of the situation I moved on, didn’t want to be in the way. It was pretty crowded…
    It’s something I still think about pretty regularly. This reports answered a few questions

  12. elaine dymond April 3, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    i was there that afternoon with my husband and two little husband held the ropes with the other was so sad they all tried so hard that day.the sea became calm shortly afterwards.

  13. Kevin Hutchinson February 5, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    I was the club secretary and booked all our trips. It is 30 years this year 2015 since that tragic day. Poor Ken. I often think back to that sad day and still stay in touch with a few of the lads. I still go fishing, but it wasn’t easy at first. Perhaps we should have a meet up at Bridllington on the 11th August 2015. Sadly, some are no longer with us. Best Wishes to all.


  14. adrian horner March 19, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I joined negas club and fished regularly with ian Taylors new boat.A trophy in memory of Kenneth Handley was competed for annually.I was proud to have earned the trophy on the last occasion it was competed for.Sadly,however, the trophy was never presented.I wonder where it is now? I remember Kev Hutchinson well A very good secretary and organiser.Pity he could,nt catch fish.For those who remember me I send my best wishes and would gladly attend a reunion if ever one was arranged.Special regards to ian taylor

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