Second launch of the day to walkers cut off by the tide
At 7.30pm on Wednesday 27 June 2018, HM Coastguard requested Morecambe’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to go to the aid of 2 people who were reported to be cut off by the flooding tide on a sandbank in the vicinity of Green Street in Morecambe.
The inshore rescue hovercraft was quickly launched and proceeded to the area. As the 2 reported casualties had already begun to swim the channel back to shore, the hovercraft stood by until they had returned safely to the beach.
Morecambe RNLI volunteer Deputy Launching Authority, Colin Midwinter, said ‘With the current hot weather, it is natural that people should want to cool off in the sea but we would urge them to respect the water and be aware of the dangers posed by the incoming tide. We strongly advise them not to cross any channels, no matter how shallow, as these will quickly deepen and get wider as the tide starts to flood; making it very easy to be cut off. Also, although the weather is hot, the water is cold and cold water shock can mean even the strongest swimmer will struggle in the current of an incoming tide. We want to encourage people to enjoy the seaside and simply ask that they check the tide times, follow our advice and stay safe.’
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.