St Bees RNLI launched to drifting inflatable.

Lifeboats News Release

At 2:35pm on Tuesday 23 July St Bees RNLI volunteers were requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard. They were asked to go to the assistance of three children adrift in an inflatable near Seascale.

Returning back to the lifeboat station watched by holiday makers and locals enjoyng the sun.

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Returning back to the lifeboat station.

St Bees RNLI volunteers were paged by Belfast Coastguard early on the afternoon of 23 July after a member of the public reported that three young children were drifting in a small inflatable about two hundred metres off the beach at Seascale.

The St Bees volunteers made their way to Seascale and quickly located the children on their small inflatable toy. As the lifeboat arrived the children were seen making their way to the shore where members of Whitehaven Coastguard as well as their parents met them. After confirming that the children were safe and did not need immediate medical attention the lifeboat crew retuned to a busy St Bees beach.

St Bees RNLI Operations Manager Dick Beddows said. ‘At the start of the school holidays with the sun shining the beach is a great place to be, but do be careful. An adult should accompany very young children at all times. Please make sure your inflatable is suitable to take in the water and if possible try and tie it to a fixed object as rip tides and currents or even a sudden gust of wind could ruin a great day out’

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