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Morecambe’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew respond to incident on River Lune

Lifeboats News Release

Morecambe’s RNLI inshore hovercraft deployed, after a request from the Coastguard, to assist the police with an incident on the Lune.

At 10.08 am on Saturday 7 October 2017, the Coastguard tasked the Morecambe RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to go to the assistance of police officers dealing with an incident on the River Lune; following reports that a woman had entered the water in the St George’s Quay area of Lancaster.

Travelling by road to their launch site at Snatchems, the crew were stood down before launching after being informed that the woman was safely ashore and in the care of the police.

Morecambe RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, Kevin Jackson, said ‘Although the assistance of our crew was not needed on this occasion, the tide was coming in fast and there was a real possibility that she could have been swept away in the strong current. It was important that we were called, just in case.’

Notes to editors

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

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