Search by Lytham St Annes RNLI for man missing in the sea

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Night time call out for RNLI Lifeboat Volunteers

A lifeboat is being taken down a slipway into the darkness to launch

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Lytham St Annes Lifeboat heads out into the darkness to launch early on 15th August 2018

Both the Lytham St Annes Lifeboat volunteer crews were called out in the early hours of Wednesday morning (15th August 2018) to search for a man missing in the sea off St Annes in a fast running spring tide and darkness.

The Inshore lifeboat (ILB) crew were paged at 1.59 AM with the crew for the All-weather lifeboat (ALB) being paged 12 minutes later at 2.11 AM with the task to provide back up and extra illumination for the ILB during the search.

The ILB MOAM with Helmsman Ben McGarry in charge was launched at Seafield Road slipway, Lytham and headed round to St Annes Pier. The high tide allowed the Helmsman to sail the boat round close inshore to save time, rather than by the usual, more circuitous route. Meanwhile the Barbara Anne with Coxswain Gary Bird in command was launched at her boathouse. At the same time some members of the Station’s Shore Crew headed out on the Massey tractor and trailer to conduct a shoreline search from the landward side.

Within a very short time of launching however, the missing man was spotted from the shore and rescued by the Lytham Coastguard assisted by the Police and the lifeboats were recalled from their search. Both boats were brought ashore at the South Promenade boathouse and after washing off and checking over, the Barbara Anne was re-housed and the MOAM left for her own boathouse at Central Beach by road. All was completed by 3.30 AM and the volunteers could return home to their broken sleep.

Helmsman Ben McGarry said, “He was a lucky man to be found so quickly in those conditions with the high tide covering most of the beach”.

A lifeboat on her carriage appears out of the darkness

RNLI/David Forshaw

Lytham St Annes lifeboat returns to her boathouse after the search is called off on 15th August 2018
An inshore lifeboat and Land Rover with some crew members and the RNLI flag.

RNLI/David Forshaw

Lytham St Annes Inshore lifeboat is prepared to return to her boathouse by road on 15th August 2018
A lifeboat crew member in life-jacket and dry suit

RNLI/David Forshaw

Helmsman Ben McGarry

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