St Bees RNLI respond to two call outs and assist in helping paraglider to safety

Lifeboats News Release

St Bees RNLI volunteers were requested to launch at 11.16am to a person in the water, and they were later called out again at 3.56 pm to search for an overdue paraglider.

Helping locate the overdue paraglider

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Helping locate the overdue paraglider

The first of the day's call outs came at 11.16am to go to the aid of a person in the water near Whitehaven Harbour. The RNLI volunteers were stood down five minutes later just as the lifeboat was preparing to launch, as the casualty was safely ashore.

The second call out of the day came at 3:56pm to help in the search a paraglider who had been reported as overdue. St Bees RNLI volunteers and their colleagues from the Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team carried out a search between Whitehaven Harbour and St Bees. The casualty was located near St Bees on a small slope near the old Coastguard lookout point, about half way down. The RNLI volunteers remained at the scene as the Coastguard teams safely recovered the uninjured paraglider to a waiting ambulance to be checked over.

Dick Beddows, St Bees RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manger said following the second call out: ‘This was a great multi-agency operation with a good outcome. Thank you to everyone involved.'

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