Third call-out in three days for Morecambe lifeboat crew
Calling them out for the third time in 3 days, just before 2pm on Thursday 16 August 2018, HM Coastguard requested Morecambe’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to intercept an empty rowing boat that was drifting down the River Lune.
Amid concerns that the boat could pose a navigational hazard, or endanger a member of the public attempting to recover it, launching at Snatchems (outside the Golden Ball Inn) the inshore lifeboat proceeded upstream and quickly located the boat; which had been washed from its mooring at Halton by the heavy rain. The volunteer lifeboat crew then towed the craft back to their launch site, where they handed it over to a grateful owner; who was waiting with a trailer. The crew then returned to station.
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.