Fleetwood RNLI launches twice over busy weekend
Lifeboats from Fleetwood RNLI Station were launched twice on Saturday 17th June to aid vessels in difficulty. The all-weather lifeboat was launched in the early hours of Saturday morning and the inshore lifeboat during the late afternoon.
The first launch came at 0325hrs, as the Shannon-class all-weather lifeboat Kenneth James Pierpoint was despatched to assist and recover a boat in distress which was then towed back to Fleetwood. The second, paged at 1750hrs, saw the D-Class inshore lifeboat Harbet locate and support jetski users in need of mechanical assistance, who were subsequently recovered to Fleetwood.
Captain David Eccles, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Fleetwood’s RNLI Lifeboat, said:
‘Our crew were able to render timely and effective assistance thanks to the people involved having the ability to signal their need. It’s an excellent reminder to everyone, no matter how they take to the water, to carry a suitable means of calling for aid just in case they need it.’
Notes to editors
· Fleetwood lifeboat station has been operating since 1859. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to: http://fleetwoodlifeboat.org.uk/
· Photo credit: RNLI/Chris Jameson
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