St Bees RNLI launch to trapped vehicle.
At just after 4:00pm on Tuesday 22 October St Bees RNLI volunteers were requested by Belfast Coastguard to launch to Ravenglass estuary.
Late on Tuesday afternoon the volunteers at St Bees launched to go to the aid of a four-wheel drive vehicle stuck in the sand. The vehicle was attempting to cross the river at the ford when they got into difficulty. As the crew arrived at the entrance to Ravenglass they were informed that Whitehaven Coastguard had successfully rescued the casualties.
Having been stood down by Belfast Coastguard the lifeboat returned to the station. After a quick cup of tea and a biscuit the crew joined the rest of the volunteers for the planned casualty care training course.
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.