Silloth RNLI pluck fisherman from the sea

Lifeboats News Release

Silloth RNLI lifeboat was called out on Thursday 29 April to a fisherman stranded on rocks, surrounded by sea approximately 400 yards off Southerness.

RNLI/Steve Henderson

Lifeboat waiting while two crew deal with casualty on the beach

The RNLI lifeboat made excellent time covering the distance in 11 minutes and found the casualty in seawater. One crew member went into the sea to rescue the fisherman and took him back to the lifeboat, where he was given a survival bag along with a lifejacket.

The senior helm Steve Henderson manoeuvred the lifeboat carefully round the rocks, while crew members used a dip stick to measure the depth of the sea. The casualty was taken to Southerness Beach where he was looked after and treated by two crew members as he'd been in the water for some time, until assistance arrived. An ambulance was on its way to the scene.

The lifeboat left the casualty with the Coastguards, having to leave due to the rapid ebbing of the tide and returned to station

RNLI/Steve Henderson

Crew attending casualty on Southerness beach

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