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Two shouts on a sunny Sunday for St Bees RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

On 2 April, the first warm Sunday of the year, the volunteer crew of St Bees RNLI were kept busy.

St Bees lifeboat approaching Tom Hurds Rock before taking off the stranded teenager

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Approaching Tom Hurds Rock

The first call came at 9:00am, when the team were asked to assist Whitehaven HM Coastguard with the safe removal of two large tree trunks that were adrift close to the entrance to Whitehaven Harbour. They were considered to be a hazard to shipping so the lifeboat crew towed the tree trunks close into the shore where they were passed on to the Coastguard.

The lifeboat then returned to the station where it was washed down and re-fuelled ready for the next call out.

The next call out came sooner than expected at 3:35pm just as many people were finishing their Sunday dinner. They were requested by UK Coastguard to go to the aid of a teenager caught out by the rising tide on Tom Hurds Rock close to Whitehaven Harbour.

The volunteers from St Bees quickly arrived at the scene and members of Whitehaven HM Coastguard met them on the shore. The lifeboat was able to get up close enough to the stranded teenager to enable them to get safely on-board. The lifeboat then took the casualty into Whitehaven Harbour and passed them into the care of waiting Coastguard.

St Bees Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dick Beddows said: 'We are all glad that on this occasion we were able to rescue the young person cut off by the incoming tide, but I would advise anyone who intends going down to the sea locally or when on holiday to always check the local tide times. These can easily be found online in the local papers as well as at your local lifeboat or lifeguard station.'

Notes to editors

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For more information please telephone Colin Wadey, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07742207222 or email or Alison Levett, Public Relations Manager, North, on 0778668912 email

St Bees lifeboat being recovered by the tractor.

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Returning to Station

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