Fleetwood RNLI called out to sinking fishing boat

Lifeboats News Release

At 07.47 this morning (Sunday 31 May) HM Coastguard requested the launch of Fleetwood lifeboat, in response to an urgent call from a small fishing boat, with three people on board, off the coast, near Rossall Point.

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The all-weather Shannon class lifeboat 13-07 and the in-shore D class lifeboat were both launched and arrived on scene to find another fishing vessel, had picked up two of the fishermen, whilst the third was still missing. The casualty vessel was submerged.

After returning to Fleetwood with the two casualties, the Shannon class lifeboat returned to the scene to help search for the missing fisherman. Both lifeboats were joined in the search by HM Coastguard helicopter and the local wind farm support vessel Eden Rose.

For further information, please contact Fleetwood Police station on 0845 125 3545.

Notes to editors

· Fleetwood lifeboat station has been operating since 1859. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: Fleetwood.lifeboat.org.uk

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For more information please contact Ken Harcombe, Fleetwood RNLI Volunteer Press Officer, on 07970 197195 / ken_harcombe@rnli.org.uk or Nuala McAloon, RNLI Regional Media Officer, Ireland, on 08764 83547 or 003538 7648 3547/ Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk.

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