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Silloth RNLI lifeboat tasked to Southerness Point, Scotland

Lifeboats News Release

Silloth RNLI lifeboat was launched on 7 July to a person stranded on rocks, cut off by the tide at Southerness, Scotland.


Getting as close to the casualty as the rocks allow

The volunteer crew arrived on scene within 24 minutes of being paged, by which time the casualty was standing in seawater about 300 meters off shore.

The crew aided the girl to safety and got her onto the lifeboat.

Steven Henderson the senior helm at Silloth RNLI lifeboat was then able to manoeuvre the boat through the rocks and drop the casualty close to the shore. A member of the crew then accompanied the girl safely onto the beach, where Portling Coastguard was waiting.

The lifeboat returned to station and made ready again for service.


Preparing to rescue the casualty


A crew member walks with the casualty to shore

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