Morecambe lifeboat crew launch to car cut off by incoming tide

Lifeboats News Release

At approximately 2.30pm on Sunday 21 July 2019, Morecambe’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew were tasked by HM Coastguard to assist in the rescue of a male and female in their car, cut off by the tide, in the carpark, Shore Road, Silverdale.

The inshore lifeboat quickly launched and proceeded across Morecambe Bay towards Silverdale. Fortunately, the couple were able to escape from the carpark by their own means before the lifeboat crew arrived at the scene and as a result, they were stood down by the HM Coastguard.

RNLI Deputy Launching Authority Justin Mawtus said: ‘Although this time it was a false alarm, it is better to be safe than sorry. The crews were happy in the knowledge that the couple in the car were safe and sound and did not require any assistance this time. We would encourage anybody who genuinely believes they are at risk, as this caller did and report it as soon as possible.’

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  • Morecambe Lifeboat Station has been operating since 1966.
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