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Fleetwood RNLI launch to help stranded beachgoers

Lifeboats News Release

Fleetwood RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched on Sunday 11 June to assist a group of beachgoers who were in danger of being cut off by the tide.

RNLI/Chris Jameson

Fleetwood RNLI in action

The RNLI volunteer crew were tasked by HM Coastguard to assist with the evacuation of four people, who had become cut off by the incoming tide by The Neppings. The group was escorted to safety by the Local Coastguard Rescue Team while the Lifeboat stood by to assist if required.

As they returned to Fleetwood Lifeboat Station, the crew noticed a group of children on the beach who were unaware of the incoming tide and at risk of also being cut off. They landed a crew member on the beach, who was then able to advise the group and ensure they made their way to safety.

Captain David Eccles, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Fleetwood said,

‘I’m pleased that we were able to support our colleagues from the Coastguard and that both the initial group, and the second group that our crew’s sharp eyes spotted on their way home, are all safe. The tide can move very quickly on this stretch of coastline, and I would strongly advise everyone to keep an eye on the tide and be aware of times for high and low water.’

Notes to editors

· Fleetwood lifeboat station has been operating since 1859. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

· Photo credit: RNLI / Chris Jameson

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For more information please contact David Devereux, Fleetwood RNLI Volunteer Press Officer, on 07591 675733 / [email protected] Ken Harcombe, Fleetwood RNLI Volunteer Press Officer, on 07970 197195 / [email protected] Danielle Rush, RNLI Regional Media Manager, West, on 07786 668829/ [email protected] . or Claire Elshaw, RNLI Regional Media Officer West, on 07468 353082 / [email protected]

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