Early evening call out for St Bees RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

At 3:55pm on 22 December St Bees RNLI volunteers were requested by Belfast Coastguard to investigate a large object in the sea off Parton beach.

Launching in the fading light

RNLI/Colin Wadey

twilight launch

Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team were first on scene but due to the failing light were unable to identify it. St Bees volunteer crew were quickly on scene and with the help of the Coastguard the lifeboat located the mystery object, which was a large mass of seaweed and wooden debris.

The debris was removed as it could be a hazard to shipping and the lifeboat then returned to the station. Dick Beddows St Bees lifeboat operations manager said ‘we are grateful to the member of the public who did the right thing by dialing 999 and asking for the Coastguard’


Launching into the early evening sea.

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Into the sea

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