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Concern for occupants of boat prompts multi agency search

Lifeboats News Release

Blackpool RNLI volunteers were called out at 10.15pm on Thursday night (24th November) after the UK Coastguard became concerned for the welfare of a small boat that had launched from Knott End but had not returned to shore.

Blackpool RNLI volunteers can be seen in the Atlantic 85 lifeboat William & Eleanor alongside a small boat.


Blackpool RNLI volunteers alongside casualty

The boat and its two occupants left Knott End on Thursday morning for a day of fishing but had not returned and attempts to contact the vessel were unsuccessful. Volunteers from Blackpool RNLI, Fleetwood RNLI and Coastguard Rescue Teams from Lytham and Fleetwood carried out an extensive search from Blackpool RNLI lifeboat station to Fleetwood and eventually found the casualty vessel about a mile off Cleveleys.

The occupants of the boat were both safe and well and were planning to continue fishing overnight, however, poor weather was expected later so they were taken aboard Fleetwood RNLI all weather lifeboat and their boat was towed to Knott End.

Blackpool RNLI volunteer helmsman Colin Lowe said, ‘the people we were searching for this evening turned out to be safe and well and that’s always a relief for us. At this time of year the freezing temperatures mean cold water shock & hypothermia can set in within minutes if someone falls into the water so we were just pleased that they were both ok. It’s far better to be safe than sorry so always call 999 and ask for the Coastguard if you have any concerns.

We also recommend that all boats carry a reliable means of contacting the Coastguard and that people tell someone where they are planning to go and when they expect to get back.’

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For more information please contact Esther Lowe Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, RNLI Blackpool. Home 01253 508603, lifeboat station 01253 620424 or email

Blackpool RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat alongside Fleetwood RNLI Shannon class lifeboat.


Blackpool RNLI volunteers transfer casualties to Fleetwood RNLI ALB

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