Blackpool RNLI volunteers save young person during busy bank holiday

Lifeboats News Release

Blackpool’s RNLI volunteers saved the life of a young person during a bank holiday period that saw them respond to eleven emergencies in five days.

D class lifeboat in foreground and busy beach in the background

RNLI/Blackpool

Busy weeked for RNLI Blackpool volunteers

The busy bank holiday period for Blackpool’s RNLI volunteers started with two call outs on Thursday 27th May and saw them respond to another nine incidents by Monday evening. The incidents included objects spotted in the water, people cut off by the tide and people in difficulty in the sea. Working alongside HM Coastguard volunteers, Blackpool Beach Patrol, Blackpool Police and the North West Ambulance Service, Blackpool’s RNLI volunteers were able to ensure all incidents had a positive outcome. However, one particular incident, that took place on Monday 31st May, could have ended very differently had it not been for the timely intervention of Blackpool’s RNLI volunteers.

At 1pm on Monday 31st May Blackpool’s RNLI volunteers were called out to reports of people cut off by the tide at Anchorsholme, both D class lifeboats launched and during the next two hours responded to multiple incidents of people cut off by the tide between Fleetwood and Blackpool.

As they were heading back to the lifeboat station the volunteer crewmembers of one of the charity’s D class lifeboats spotted a young person struggling in the water near The Comedy Carpet. The lifeboat immediately went to offer assistance and as they approached realised that the casualty was struggling to support another person in very serious difficulty. The volunteer crew of the lifeboat recovered the casualties from the water and provided emergency first aid treatment before returning to the lifeboat station and handing over to the ambulance service. Fortunately their rapid response stopped a serious situation from becoming a tragedy.

Blackpool RNLI volunteer helmsman, Simon Hoole, said ‘the bank holiday period has been really hectic for us but we’re always more than happy to respond to our pagers when people are in difficulty or spot something that gives them any cause for concern.’

Ian Butter, volunteer Deputy Launching Authority added, ‘I’m really proud of our dedicated team of volunteers at Blackpool lifeboat station. They’ve responded to their pagers day and night throughout the bank holiday weekend and have ensured visitors to the beach have made it home safely. With more good weather forecast over the next few days we would urge everyone to follow some simple steps to avoid beach dangers and have a safe and enjoyable day at the coast.

· Protect and keep an eye on your family

· Stay together and don't use inflatables

· In an emergency dial 999 for the Coastguard

For more advice and information about beach and sea safety visit rnli.org/safety/beach-safety

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For more information please contact Esther Lowe Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, RNLI Blackpool telephone 01253 620424 or email robbyn89@yahoo.com

RNLI landrover & D class lifeboats in front of lifeboat station

RNLI/Blackpool

RNLI Blackpool volunteers save young person during busy bank holiday

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