Morecambe hovercraft launched to rescue man and dog from the sea
At 12.20 pm Thursday 31 May 2018, HM Coastguard requested Morecambe’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to go to the aid of a man who was reported to have got into difficulty whilst swimming out to rescue his dog from the sea off Throbshaw Point near Heysham.
The inshore rescue hovercraft was quickly launched and proceeded to the scene where they found the man had managed to reach the safety of a rock on which he was able to stand. The dog was still in the water and clearly tiring, swimming toward the hovercraft as soon as it arrived; enabling the crew to lift it onboard. The hovercraft crew then rescued the man and transported both dog and owner to shore.
Morecambe RNLI volunteer Deputy Launching Authority, Colin Midwinter, said ‘Although we recognise that it may be heart-wrenching to do, we strongly advise that members of the public should not enter the water to rescue their pets but instead call 999 and ask for the Coastguard; they will alert us. People should then remain on scene, keeping the animal in view, so that they can help guide us to it if necessary. Sadly, all too often the animal will safely make their way to the shore but the would-be rescuer does not.’
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 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.