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Blackpool RNLI volunteers rescue man from the sea in Cleveleys

Lifeboats News Release

Blackpool’s RNLI volunteers were called out at 8.25am on Wednesday morning after a person was spotted in the sea at Cleveleys. The casualty was up to his neck in water and in urgent need of assistance.

Two crewmembers spot casualty. Head of casualty is visible in the distance.


Blackpool RNLI volunteers spot casualty in the water

The charity’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat reached the scene within minutes and helped the casualty from the water. Once onboard the lifeboat it was clear that the casualty was suffering from the effects of the cold so the volunteer crew asked the D class lifeboat that had just arrived on scene to take the man to the shore where paramedics were waiting to treat him.

This incident comes just two days after Blackpool’s RNLI volunteers were involved in a major search at Rossall after a man was seen walking into the sea. Blackpool and Fleetwood RNLI lifeboats launched and search alongside the Coastguard and Police.

Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager Keith Horrocks MBE said, ‘Our volunteers did a brilliant job this morning, they reached the casualty really quickly and were able to stop a serious situation from becoming a tragedy.

As summer approaches this incident serves as a timely reminder to visitors and locals alike. The beach is a fantastic place to spend time, especially when the weather is good, but please be mindful of the incoming tide and remain vigilant at all times. Remember to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard if you spot any problems or you get into difficulty.’

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Esther Lowe Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, RNLI Blackpool on 01253 508603 or 07917091948. Alternatively please contact Alison Levett, RNLI Public Relations Manager, North, on 07786 668912.

Two volunteers lean over the side of the Atlantic 85 lifeboat to pull the casualty from the water.


Blackpool RNLI volunteers help casualty into the lifeboat

Key facts about the RNLI

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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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland