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Three emergency calls in quick succession for Cleethorpes RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Cleethorpes RNLI lifeboat were called upon three times in less than three hours today, Friday 6th May, rescuing three people and two dogs from the flooding tide.

Shortly after 3pm, Cleethorpes Coastguard called the charity's lifeboat after members of their team had entered the water to provide immediate assistance to a person seen in difficulty in the sea off the resort's beach. The lifeboat remained on the trailer, but took the cold casualty onboard in order to most efficiently return to the Coastguard station and waiting paramedics.

At 5pm a member of the public reported two people with their two dogs cut off on a sandbank near the Leisure Centre. A speedy response from the volunteer crew meant the couple and their furry friends were soon collected from their shrinking island in the estuary and brought safely ashore to continue their walk.

Before the lifeboat had even been washed, another 999 call was received by Humber Coastguard reporting people cut off on a sandbank – prompting a relaunch and a sea and land search of the area in question.

With nothing unusual sighted by the lifeboat or the shore party of Coastguard Rescue Officers, the call was deemed to be a false alarm with good intent and the lifeboat returned to station once again.

Crewmember Stacey Sonley responded on all three shouts and praised the vigilance of the beach users who reported the stranded people this evening: 'People walking on the large sandbanks at Cleethorpes can become cut off by the fast incoming tide very quickly, and without even realising it. Others watching saw they would soon be in difficulty and so rightly dialled 999 and asked for the Coastguard, meaning the lifeboat could respond very quickly.

'The subsequent call turned out to be a well intentioned false alarm, and we advise anyone who has cause for concern for people on the beach or at sea to act promptly and call 999 to alert the Coastguard.'

The subsequent call turned out to be a well intentioned false alarm, and we advise anyone who has cause for concern for people on the beach or at sea to act promptly and call 999 to alert the Coastguard.

Visitors walking on the beach are encouraged to check the tide times before venturing out to low water, and ensure they return to the main beach at least 5 hours before high tide.

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Attached picture of Cleethorpes RNLI Lifeboat and volunteer crew returning to station with 2 people and 2 dogs aboard after being rescued. Cleethorpes Lifeboat Station have picture release for the people rescued (and, by proxy, for their dogs)

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For more information, contact Cleethorpes RNLI Press Officers Kelly Blackburn on 07850-448699 or Matt McNally on 07771-797556.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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