Silloth RNLI called out to two people stranded at Port Carlisle
Silloth RNLI volunteers were paged at 10.26pm on Thursday last, (16 July), and requested to go to the aid of two people trapped on the old harbour wall at Port Carlisle, where they had been cut off by the incoming tide.
The lifeboat was launched at 10.34pm. Burgh Coastguard was also in attendance.
The lifeboat quickly arrived on scene and located the casualties. With skill and determination, Helm Steve Henderson was able to manoeuvre the boat close enough to be able to rescue the two stranded people safely onto the lifeboat. This task was made considerably more difficult due to the submerged structure of the old quay under the sea along with the fact that it was pitch black and there was an ebbing tide.
Having given the casualties all the necessary safety equipment and Covid-19 protection, the RNLI lifeboat made its way back to Silloth lifeboat station, arriving at 11.45pm.
The two casualties were very wet from their attempts to walk back to the shore before calling the emergency services but were otherwise safe and well.
The lifeboat and equipment were cleaned down, sanitised and made ready for service again by 12.15am.
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.