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Fleetwood RNLI congratulate two crew members in their new roles after launch

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 28 October Fleetwood RNLI launched to assist casualties on a fishing vessel, which had a mechanical failure. The launch was Matt Haynes's first as a fully qualified all-weather lifeboat navigator and Hazel Tipping's as a crew member.

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Fleetwood lifeboat crew preparing to launch
Volunteer crew members were paged and launched the RNLI's Shannon class lifeboat Kenneth James Pierpoint, from Fleetwood at 11:23pm to provide assistance.

After locating the vessel, crew members arrived at the location at 12:00pm, just north of Wyre Lighthouse. The vessel was found to be anchored and not in any immediate danger, with six casualties on board.

Fleetwood's Shannon class lifeboat was used to transfer the casualties and tow the vessel back to Fleetwood Station. Crew members assessed the health of the casualties and provided one casualty with the required casualty care.

The RNLI's All-weather lifeboat and the towed vessel were back to the station at 02:00 am.

Neil Atkinson, Fleetwood RNLI Coxswain, said:

'This service was Matt's first as a fully qualified navigator and Hazel's first as a member of the crew. I couldn't be prouder of or more pleased by their performance, and congratulate them both.'

Notes to Editors

  • Fleetwood's RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat is named KENNETH JAMES PIERPOINT and is a Shannon class boat
  • Fleetwood's RNLI Inshore Lifeboat is named HARBET and is a D-Class boat
  • Photo Credit: RNLI/Rob Baines
  • Fleetwood lifeboat station has been operating since 1859. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

RNLI Media Contacts

For more information contact Amy Teebay, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, via [email protected], David Devereux, Fleetwood RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer on 07591 675733 / [email protected] or Danielle Rush, RNLI Regional Media Manager on 07786 668829/ [email protected]

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Fleetwood Shannon class All-Weather Lifeboat

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