St Bees RNLI launched to Investigate Distress Flares
At 6:40pm Friday 2 December the volunteers from St Bees lifeboat were requested by UK Coastguard to investigate reports that two distress flares had been seen in the area around Whitehaven Harbour.
The volunteer crew carried out an extensive search pattern around the area where the flares had been reported. Whitehaven HM Coastguard were on the scene searching the coastline from various vantage points. As there were no further sightings from either the search and rescue teams or any of the local fishermen along the coastline, UK Coastguard stood the crew stood at 8:20pm.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.