Morecambe’s lifeboat crew in night search for missing man
At 10.30pm on Monday 12 November 2018, Morecambe’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew responded to their 50th call-out of the year; when HM Coastguard requested them to search for a man reported as missing.
The adult male, described as wearing dark clothing, was reported to have been seen walking onto the beach from the Green Street slipway before disappearing from view.
The inshore rescue hovercraft was launched, in difficult conditions, onto the flooding tide and proceeded to conduct a search of the tideline in the immediate and surrounding areas. Members of the crew not required on the hovercraft were deployed to assist local coastguard teams searching from the shore.
The operation was called off by Coastguard Command just before midnight; when after a comprehensive search, and a lack of any further information, the searchers were unable to find any evidence of the reported casualty.
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.