Silloth RNLI lifeboat rescues stranded person off Southerness
Silloth RNLI lifeboat was called out at 3:33pm on Tuesday 1 June to up to 20 people including children, cut off by the tide at Southerness.
The lifeboat arrived on scene at 3:55pm. They took on board a casualty - a non swimmer, who had been given a life ring by body boarders who were also in the area. The body boarders had also escorted the rest of the people who had been cut off by the tide, who were waist deep in sea water.
Silloth RNLI lifeboat senior helmsman Steven Henderson, skilfully negotiated the boat through the rocks to take the casualty as close to the beach as possible and two crew members accompanied the casualty to the shore, where Police Scotland and Portling Coastguard were waiting. The Coastguard helicopter was also tasked from Caernarfon.
Once the lifeboat crew had confirmed that all casualties had been safely brought back to shore, they returned to station.
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.