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Morecambe’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew launch after concerns for woman

Lifeboats News Release

At 4 am on Monday (22 January) the UK Coastguard requested Morecambe RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew to assist police and local coastguards who were responding to concerns a woman at the water’s edge near Sandylands promenade may enter the water.

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Within 10 minutes of the request, the inshore lifeboat and inshore rescue hovercraft were launched onto the ebbing tide, and proceeding to the scene, when they were stood down by Coastguard control; following reports that the woman was safely ashore and in no danger.

Morecambe RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, Kevin Jackson, said ‘On this occasion we were stood down before arriving at the scene but the only thing that matters is that the lady is safe.’

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