Morecambe’s volunteer lifeboat crew launch to report of man cut off by the tide
At 7.45 pm on Monday 9 July 2018, HM Coastguard requested Morecambe’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to go to the aid of a man reported to be cut off by the flooding tide in the vicinity of White Creek, near Arnside.
The inshore lifeboat and inshore rescue hovercraft were both launched, within 10 minutes of the call, and made their way to the area; to find that the man was located on the landward side of the Kent channel and therefore in no immediate danger. Both craft remained on scene until advised by the Coastguard that the man was safe and they could stand down.
Morecambe RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, Kevin Jackson, said ‘Due to the flooding tide and the location of the casualty, we launched both craft in order to be certain that we could to reach him, regardless of the depth of tide at the scene.’
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.