Morecambe lifeboat crew respond to report of capsized jet-ski
At 12.49 pm on Friday 19 April 2019, Morecambe’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew were tasked by HM Coastguard to respond to a report that a jet-ski had capsized West of the Stone Jetty and two people were in the water.
The crew of a recreational fishing boat had gone to their assistance but had then fouled their own propeller with the tow rope.
The inshore lifeboat was launched and arrived on scene to find that both craft had been taken in tow by a local commercial fisherman, Ray Edmondson. The two casualties who had been in the water were safely on board his boat. The inshore lifeboat remained on scene while Mr Edmondson proceeded to his mooring by the Stone Jetty. By this time the people on board the recreational boat had freed their propeller, enabling them to make way to their launch site unaided; with one of the two casualties on board.
The other casualty was complaining of cold and had ingested some seawater, so the inshore lifeboat took him on board and quickly transported him to the lifeboat station where local coastguard team members administered casualty care. The inshore lifeboat then returned to the jet-ski, taking it to the Stone Jetty where its owners were able to recover it, before returning 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.