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Blackpool RNLI volunteers take part in multi-agency rescue operation

Lifeboats News Release

Blackpool RNLI volunteers were called out at 7.30pm on Sunday evening (25th September 2016) to assist three people in the water at North Pier. Both of the station’s D class lifeboats launched in difficult conditions and made their way to the scene.

On arrival they found that a life ring had been thrown to the casualties and they had climbed onto the sea wall near the pier.  Due to the position of the casualties, the sea state and weather conditions a multi-agency response was triggered and teams from RNLI Fleetwood, RNLI Lytham, Lytham Coastguard, Fleetwood Coastguard, police, fire service, ambulance service and the coastguard rescue helicopter all attended the incident.

The casualties were helped to safety by Fleetwood and Lytham Coastguard Rescue Teams while RNLI volunteers and other agencies provided safety cover.  All three casualties were handed into the care of waiting paramedics.

Blackpool RNLI volunteer helmsman David Warburton said, ‘tonight’s casualties were extremely lucky.  The outcome could have been very serious indeed had it not been for the quick thinking of staff on North Pier who threw them a life ring and phoned the Coastguard.

On average 190 people die in British and Irish waters each year and around half of them never intended to enter the water.  Respect The Water is the RNLI’s drowning prevention campaign, to find out more visit’

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For more information please contact Esther Lowe Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, RNLI Blackpool on 07917091948.  Alternatively please contact Alison Levett, RNLI Public Relations Manager, North, on 07786 668912.

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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.

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