Lytham St Annes RNLI Lifeboat Volunteers rescue three people from the sea

Lifeboats News Release

Two incidents over six days for the charity’s inshore lifeboat (ILB)

An Inshore Lifeboat is being drawn back onto her carriage witth a crew member helping and another attending to a casualty on board the ILB.

Lytham St Annes RNLI

The Lytham ILB is recovered while Helm Rob Ansell attends to the casualty

The first incident occurred shortly after 9.30pm on Tuesday 12th July when shouts for help were heard from the sea off North Beach opposite Todmorden Road. The volunteer lifeboat crew were paged and set off by road with the ILB to access the beach at the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) house slipway on South Promenade. Driving on to North Beach, the boat, with Helm Vinny Pedley in command, was launched into the water in the area the shouts had been heard from. A quick search found two men in the water after their kayaks had sunk about an hour earlier. They were brought onto the lifeboat and were given casualty care (First Aid).

Due to the condition of the casualties after their prolonged time in the water, the ILB was immediately taken ashore, re-carriaged and driven up to the Lytham St Annes Coastguard Station where paramedics were waiting to take over the men’s care. The ILB was then re-launched to search for the men’s kayaks to prevent future call outs. Lytham St Annes and Fleetwood Coastguard mobile units and a HM Coastguard Helicopter were also involved in the search but nothing was found.

The search was called off at 11.50pm and the ILB was returned to the ALB House to be washed off and checked over before leaving by road to return to her own boathouse to be re-fuelled.

Helmsman Vinny Pedley later said, 'The men were lucky to have been heard from the shore as otherwise nobody would have missed them for some time. With hypothermia setting in, one man probably had little more than 10 minutes left before the situation became very critical, and his mate refused to leave him to save himself.'

The following Monday (18th) the ILB was launched from Church Scar off Seafield Road when a swimmer was seen to be in difficulty and being taken down river by the ebb tide. With Helmsman Rob Ansell in command, the ILB found the man and rescued him in a state of collapse. Casualty care was administered due to the man’s deteriorating condition. The ILB returned to Church Scar to be re-carriaged and drawn up the beach to Seafield Road where Police and Coastguards were waiting. The man was kept in the relative shelter aboard the inshore lifeboat and casualty care continued until an Ambulance crew arrived on scene to take over his care and transport him to hospital.

A spokesman for the Charity said, 'All three men involved in the two incidents had lucky escapes. Although the air temperature can be hot in summer, the sea temperature is still cold at this time of year and hypothermia can be the biggest danger to all who are in the sea for any length of time'.

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