Morecambe’s lifeboat crew go to aid of man in water
At 2 am on Saturday 17 February 2018, HM Coastguard requested Morecambe’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to assist police and local coastguards.
They were responding to reports from a man, who had contacted the emergency services using his mobile phone and believed to be in low mood, that had entered the water in the Battery area.Within 10 minutes of the request, the inshore rescue hovercraft was launched onto the ebbing tide; while more crew members remained on standby with the inshore lifeboat, in case they were needed to assist in a search. The man, who was described as being heavily intoxicated by alcohol, made his own way to shore as the hovercraft arrived on scene; where he was taken into police custody, before being transferred to hospital, suffering from cold. Both rescue craft were then stood down and 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.