St Bees RNLI called out to a Paraglider

Lifeboats News Release

St Bees RNLI volunteers were requested to launch by UK Coastguard on Sunday to reports of a paraglider in the sea near Parton, just north of Whitehaven.

St Bees lifeboat making a net recovery after returing from Parton

RNLI/Colin Wadey

St Bees lifeboat returning from Parton.

St Bees lifeboat ‘Joy Morris MBE’ was launched at 2:00pm on Sunday 22 April after a member of the public had informed the UK Coastguard that a paraglider had landed in the sea near Parton.

The lifeboat arrived quickly at the scene, where it was confirmed that the paraglider was in fact a kite surfer who did not require assistance. The RNLI volunteers carried out a search of the area, along with Whitehaven Coastguard, to ensure it was the kite surfer that had been seen and with nothing found they were stood down. This was a false alarm with good intent.

Dick Beddows, St Bees RNLI Operations Manager said ‘I would like to thank the vigilant member of public who saw what they thought was a genuine emergency and did the right thing by calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard. It is always better to be safe than sorry in these situations’

For more information please telephone Colin Wadey, St Bees RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07742207222 email

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