Silloth RNLI lifeboat called out to lone swimmer
Silloth RNLI lifeboat was called out on Sunday 18 July to a swimmer that was spotted off the coast of Silloth.
Members of the public had expressed their concern for the safety of the person. The lifeboat was launched from West Beach due to the state of the tide.
Silloth lifeboat crew made contact with the swimmer, who had swum from Scotland and intended to swim back to Caerlaverock Castle, Scotland. The tide in the Solway Firth is particularly strong and unpredictable and Silloth RNLI lifeboat crew were concerned for the swimmers safety and consequently decided to escort him back as far as possible. The swimmer was safe and well and consequently the lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for service again by 5:35pm.
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.