Morecambe’s volunteer lifeboat crew launch to report of walkers cut off by the t
At 10.40am on Wednesday 27 June 2018, HM Coastguard requested Morecambe’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to go to the aid of 4 people and 2 dogs who were reported to be cut off by the flooding tide in the vicinity of Holme Island, near Grange-over-Sands.
Within 10 minutes of the call, the inshore lifeboat and inshore rescue hovercraft were both launched and making way to the area when they were stood down, by the Coastguard, following reports that the casualties were safely ashore.
Morecambe RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, Kevin Jackson, said ‘Due to the flooding tide, location and number of reported casualties it was important to launch both craft. Although we were stood down after launching, we would much rather be called as early as possible, than not be alerted until the last minute.’
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.