Calshot RNLI Lifeboat launched to potential mud rescue
At 2.17pm Calshot RNLI D Class Lifeboat 'Willet' was launched by Calshot's volunteer crew to reports of a casualty in the mud off of Northam Bridge.
The tide was out and the casualty had attempted to reach their boat on foot. Having found themselves stuck in the mud they had begun to call for help. HM Coastguard were alerted and they called for Calshot RNLI to launch.
When the lifeboat crew had reached the scene the person had managed to make their way to their boat and was noted to be on board and in no further need of assistance.
All teams on scene were stood down and Calshot RNLI's volunteer crew returned to station.
It may be tempting to walk across the mud when the tide is low, but it is easy to become stuck and put yourself at risk. If you ever see anyone in need of help on or near the water dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.
Laura Bean, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Office 07772 529985 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.