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Early start to 2017 for Morecambe’s volunteer lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

At approximately 12 noon on Saturday 7 January 2017, HM Coastguard requested the Morecambe RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to join police officers and the local Coastguard team to search for two people and a dog; reported to missing in thick fog in the Battery area of Morecambe.

With an incoming tide, the charity’s inshore rescue hovercraft was launched and the crew quickly proceeded to the area and commenced the search. They were stood down when it was confirmed by police that the couple’s car had been identified as having left the area.

Morecambe RNLI volunteer Hovercraft Commander, Andy Wright, said ‘We were able to search the area thoroughly, even though visibility was down to about 40 metres due to the fog; making the operation very difficult. The important thing is that people are safe.’

Morecambe RNLI volunteer Deputy Launching Authority, Colin Midwinter, said ‘Although a false alarm, it was made with good intent and we would always encourage the public to err on the side of caution by reporting anything which they believe to be evidence of someone at risk.’

Notes to editors

  • Morecambe Lifeboat Station has been operating since 1966.
  • Personnel can be available for interview.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone or email Colin Midwinter, RNLI Morecambe Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07885 772820 (email: or contact Mark Bateson, RNLI Morecambe Assistant Lifeboat Press Officer on 07791 496685

or contact the RNLI Public Relations Department on 01202 336789.

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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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