Double Call-Out for Morecambe’s volunteer lifeboat crew
At 3.30pm on Saturday 20 October 2018, HM Coastguard requested Morecambe’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to go to the assistance of local coastguards and firefighters from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.
The mud rescue teams were working to free a woman and 3 children trapped in the vicinity of the River Keer estuary near Warton.
The inshore rescue hovercraft was quickly launched and proceeded to the scene where they assisted in digging the woman out of the mud before transporting her to shore and into the care of a waiting ambulance crew; the 3 children having been freed before their arrival.
The crew were called out again, just after 9pm later that evening, following reports of 2 people in the water off the Sandylands area of Morecambe; but they were stood down prior to launching, after it was confirmed that the reported ‘casualties’ were 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.