Blackpool RNLI volunteer crew rescue two teenagers

Lifeboats News Release

Every Wednesday evenings during the summer, the volunteer crews at Blackpool Lifeboat station launch their boats for training exercises.

RNLI/Steve Fitzgerald

Blackpool RNLI lifeboat station

This Wednesday (31 May), all three lifeboats were carrying out different training scenarios, when at 8pm HM Coastguard tasked them to reports of a teenager in difficulty just off Starr Gate in Blackpool.

The inshore Atlantic 85 William & Eleanor and both inshore D class lifeboats immediately headed to the location, to find two teenage girls in distress approx. 100 metres from the shore. The volunteer crews quickly brought them onboard the lifeboat. Both were beginning to suffer from shock and starting to feel the effects of the cold water. The crew wrapped them up in a plastic shelter bag to keep them warm. After a welfare check, they were transferred to the D class lifeboat and taken back to the safety of the shore, where their friends were waiting for them. The crew requested an ambulance to get the casualties checked over, they were then handed over to the Coastguard team from Lytham St Annes.

The 999 call was made to the HM Coastguard from a person taking a walk on the beach, who saw people in difficulty and raised the alarm.

Luke Minns, volunteer Helm from Blackpool RNLI said:

‘The casualties were very lucky that someone spotted them and was able to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. We were glad to be able to respond so promptly as we were already out on exercise.

He added:

‘Once we got on scene, both girls were in distress and struggling to stay afloat. We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that if they find themselves in difficulty in the water, our advice is to float on your back.

For more information on how to float if you find yourself in difficulty in the water, head to the RNLI website

Notes to editors

· Photo credits: RNLI/ Steve Fitzgerald

· Blackpool RNLI Station was established by the institution in 1864

· The station is home to one B-Class Atlantic 85 and two D-Class inshore Lifeboats

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