Early morning call for Morecambe’s volunteer lifeboat crew
At 3.15am on Wednesday 12 September 2018, HM Coastguard requested Morecambe’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to launch the inshore lifeboat onto the River Lune.
The request made following a report, from a member of the public, that a vehicle was cut off by the tide on the road between Overton and Snatchems. The crew proceeded by road to their launch site near the Golden Ball Inn, but on arrival were informed by the local coastguard team that the owners of the vehicle had been identified, and located, and were not in any danger. The crew were then stood down and they returned to station.
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.