Early evening call out for St Bees RNLI
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.
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’
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.