A campaign alerting the public to the dangers of drowning is launched today (Thurs 24 July) by the RNLI following the deaths of 150 people around the Scottish coast.
At 4pm yesterday RNLI New Brighton were advised that a person was stuck up to the chest in mud on the Crosby shore. In response our rescue hovercraft H-005 Hurley Spirit with a crew of four was launched and quickly crossed the Mersey estuary.
Following a report that four people spotted on the sandbanks off Llandudno's west shore had been marooned there by the fast-flooding tide, Llandudno's inshore lifeboat was called out at 6:45pm on Tuesday.
RNLI lifeguards patrolling Watergate Bay and Mawgan Porth beaches, and Newquay’s volunteer lifeboat crew, worked together this afternoon (24 July) to rescue two females who had been cut off by the tide.
Seven people have been rescued by RNLI lifeguards this afternoon as they were cut off by the tide whilst walking on Swansea Bay.
Coastal fatality figures1 released today (24 July) reveal 167 people lost their lives at the coast last year; the highest number in four years. The number of near-misses was even higher, with the RNLI’s UK lifeboat crews and lifeguards saving 368 lives2.
Coastal fatality figures released today (24 July) reveal 17 people accidentally lost their lives around the coast of Wales last year.
On Sunday at 10:30pm the Coastguard received information from a fisherman’s wife that he had not returned home after fishing on Worms Head. The fisherman’s wife had tried to contact her husband on his mobile phone but was unable to obtain a reply.
The Abersoch RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at 4pm on Tuesday, July 22 to the aid of a broken down Seadoo jet boat.
On Wednesday 23 July at 5am Humber coastguard requested the launch of Whitby’s all-weather lifeboat George and Mary Webb.
RNLI lifeguards saved the life of a drowning girl who was struggling to keep her head above water at Wells Beach in Norfolk.
Ramsey’s Mersey class RNLI lifeboat, the RNLB Ann and James Ritchie, was launched on Sunday afternoon, 20th July, to go to the assistance of a leisure craft that had broken down approximately one mile off Maughold Head.
Wicklow RNLI inshore lifeboat launched at 3pm this afternoon (Wednesday 23 July) to rescue a sheep trapped in a cave and in danger of drowning as the tide rose.
RNLI Angle’s all weather lifeboat was launched in the early hours of Sunday morning (20 July), after a report that a 10m veteran ketch - with six crew members on board – was drifting somewhere near the entrance to the Milford Haven Waterway.
On Wednesday 23 July at 9.22pm RNLI Cullercoats was requested to launch by Humber Coastguard. A boat, which was half a mile north of the lifeboat station, had broken down, stranded and with no way of reaching shore with darkness quickly drawing in.
RNLI lifeguards at Crooklets rescued a young boy who was heard screaming for help yesterday. The boy had been dragged away from the beach in a very strong rip current at about 4pm.
Volunteers from Newbiggin lifeboat station were called out at 5.30am today following reports of a person threatening suicide in the Cresswell area.
Family raise alarm when thick fog shrouded the sea and a small vessel hadn't returned home when expected and Aith RNLI lifeboat crew launch to assist in search. (Tuesday 23 July)
RNLI lifeguards on Jersey dealt with two major incidents yesterday (Tuesday 22 July). As the island enjoys hot, sunny weather and with the school holidays here, the charity is urging people to stay safe by the coast this summer.
The RNLI all-weather lifeboat and its volunteer crew were paged by the coastguard on Tuesday (21 July) at 6.25 am to go to the assistance of the 11 meter fishing boat Morel Margh some three miles to the south east of Anthony Light.
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