St Bees RNLI requested to assist family of seven cut off by the tide
The volunteers at St Bees RNLI had their training suddenly interrupted this afternoon when they were requested by Belfast Coastguard to go to an incident at Ravenglass.
At 1.36pm today (Sunday 30 May), St Bees RNLI volunteers were carrying out a training exercise in Whitehaven Harbour when they were requested to go to the river estuary at Ravenglass. A family of seven were cut off by the rising tide.
The lifeboat crew immediately stopped the exercise and made their way quickly through the harbour entrance and headed at full speed to Ravenglass. As they approached the estuary at Ravenglass, they were stood down as the casualties were no longer in need of assistance. Whitehaven and Millom Coastguard Rescue Teams were also in attendance.
Dick Beddows, St Bees RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘In this lovely weather there is nothing better than a walk by the sea but please tides are unpredictable and can catch you out so please check the tide times before you set out as situations like this don't always have a good outcome.'
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.