Second call in 2 days for Morecambe’s volunteer lifeboat crew
At 12.30pm on Monday 16 April 2018, HM Coastguard requested Morecambe’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to support local coastguards by searching for a possible missing person.
The inshore lifeboat and inshore rescue hovercraft were both launched; the lifeboat conducting a shoreline search from Heysham to the Stone Jetty and the hovercraft searching the shore from the Stone Jetty to the River Keer, near Carnforth. Both searches were completed without result and, satisfied that there was nothing further they could do, HM Coastguard called off the search and both craft returned to station.
The crew had also been called out at 11.15am the day before, on Sunday 15 April, in response to reports that a woman was cut off by the tide on the River Lune in Lancaster, but they were stood down, shortly after assembling, when it was confirmed that the woman was safely ashore.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.