Blackpool RNLI volunteers rescue angler

Lifeboats News Release

Blackpool RNLI volunteers were called out at 9.55pm on Saturday evening (9th November) when HM Coastguard received reports that an angler had slipped into the sea at North Shore and was unable to reach safety.


Blackpool RNLI volunteers hand casualty into the care of Coastguard

One of Blackpool’s D class lifeboats launched quickly, and after a short search, located the casualty in the sea near Red Bank Road. Fortunately, a member of the public had thrown a life ring to the angler and that was helping to keep him afloat. The volunteer lifeboat crew transferred the casualty into the lifeboat before taking him back to shore and handing him into the care of HM Coastguard Fleetwood, HM Coastguard Lytham and the North West Ambulance Service.

Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, Keith Horrocks MBE said ‘fortunately tonight’s call out had a positive outcome; a member of the public called 999 and threw a life ring to the casualty and our volunteers found him and helped him to safety really quickly.

At this time of year, the outcome for this sort of call out could be very different so we would urge anyone that’s planning to go angling to wear a lifejacket, check the tides and to carry a means of calling for help. You can find more advice and information here -

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