Last week 2 volunteer crewmen for Whitby RNLI were sacked over allegations of having pornographic images of a fellow crew member on a mug. The crewmen were long standing volunteers with one of them having over 15 years’ service. The crew members were suspended pending an investigation following which they were stood down. They appealed and contended that the decision was an overreaction to a joke that was taken out of context. Their appeals were dismissed and 4 colleagues have resigned in support.