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Fleetwood RNLI launches twice over busy weekend

Lifeboats News Release

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.

RNLI lifeboat on the water, moving from right to left, leaving a wake in the water

RNLI/Chris Jameson

Fleetwood all-weather lifeboat in action on previous occasion

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:

· Photo credit: RNLI/Chris Jameson

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact David Devereux, Fleetwood RNLI Volunteer Press Officer, on 07591 675733 / [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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