Morecambe’s lifeboat crew search for man in water
Morecambe’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew launch in the dark after report of a man entering the water.
At 11pm on Tuesday 24 July 2018, HM Coastguard requested Morecambe’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to search for a man, believed to be in low mood, who was reported to have been seen entering the water in the vicinity of the Morecambe Sailing Club slipway; opposite Morecambe Town Hall.
The inshore lifeboat and inshore rescue hovercraft were quickly launched and they proceeded to conduct an extensive search of the immediate and surrounding areas for the man; supported by police officers and local coastguards, searching from the shore, and Coastguard helicopter Rescue 936 (based in Caernarfon) from the air.
With the tide ebbing fast, they continued their search into the early hours, failing to locate the reported casualty, until it was called off by Coastguard Command at approximately 1.30am on Wednesday 25 July 2018. Both craft 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.