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St Bees RNLI’s Sunday morning alarm call

Lifeboats News Release

St Bees RNLI volunteers were paged at 9:07am on Sunday 12 May after a member of the public called Belfast Coastguard.

St Bees RNLI launching with Whitehaven Coasguard in attendance

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Launching

St Bees RNLI volunteers were paged at 9:07am on Sunday 12 May after a member of the public called Belfast Coastguard.

A member of the public dialled 999 and reported what they thought was a kayaker in difficulty just off St Bees beach. St Bees lifeboat was launched and quickly arrived on scene. The volunteer crew spoke to the kayaker who said he was not in any difficulty and did not require assistance. St Bees volunteers were then stood down.

Whitehaven Coastguard were also in attendance.

This was a false alarm with good intent.

Dick Beddows St Bees RNLI operations manger said ‘in this instance the kayaker was not in need of assistance but it is best to be sure. We would encourage anyone in doubt to always dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard’.

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For more information please telephone Colin Wadey, St Bees RNLI Volunteer Press Officer on 07742207222 email colin_wadey@rnli.org.uk

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