Morecambe lifeboat crew assist boy pulled from the sea
Just after 3pm on Sunday 25 August 2019, Morecambe’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew were tasked by HM Coastguard to respond to a report that three youths appeared to be in difficulty, in the sea, off the West End promenade.
The inshore lifeboat was launched and arrived on scene to find that a 12 year old boy had been pulled from the sea, and onto the beach, by a man (believed to be the boy’s father) and an 18 year old woman. The boy had apparently got into difficulty while swimming and was lapsing in and out of consciousness. The volunteers immediately began to administer oxygen and treat him for immersion until the inshore rescue hovercraft arrived. The lad was then transferred to the hovercraft and transported to the Battery car park where local coastguards, ambulance crews and the air-ambulance were waiting. Both craft then 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.