Morecambe lifeboat crew go to aid of boy stuck in mud
At 6.05pm on Saturday 03 August 2019, Morecambe’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew responded to their third launch request in 2 days.
HM Coastguard tasked them to assist local coastguard teams who were attempting to release a 9 year old boy who had become stuck in the mud near the Stone Jetty.
The inshore rescue hovercraft was launched onto a low tide and, arriving on scene, quickly succeeded in freeing the boy from the mud and transporting him safely to shore; where he was met by the local coastguards and a waiting ambulance team.
An RNLI spokesperson said ‘We want people to enjoy the Bay but we do recommend that they keep to the designated beaches. If it looks muddy then it probably is; making it dangerous to walk on. Gullies, where this young man had become trapped, are particularly hazardous.’
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.