Morecambe lifeboat crew assist in search of Bay
At 8.30pm on Monday 22 April 2019, Morecambe’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew were tasked by HM Coastguard to assist in the search for a number of people believed to be stranded on a sandbank in the area between Kent’s Bank and Arnside.
The inshore rescue hovercraft was launched, and arriving on scene, proceeded to conduct a search for the reported casualties. With the tide beginning to flood and the light failing rapidly, guided by directions from local Coastguard team members based on the shore, the RNLI volunteers conducted a comprehensive search; including the use of a parachute flare to help illuminate the area. After failing to find anyone in difficulty, the hovercraft crew were eventually stood down; Coastguard Control having concluded that the initial report was a false alarm with good intent.
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.