Silloth RNLI launched on service
Silloth RNLI Lifeboat was requested to launch by HM Coastguard at 4.54pm on Monday 6 November 2023 to search the area between Powfoot and Eastriggs due to signals being sent from a Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon.
HM Coastguard had received two signals from the EPIRB (Emergency Position Iindicating Radio Beacon) between Powfoot and Eastriggs and requested a search of the area. With a flooding tide, Silloth RNLI volunteers launched the Atlantic 85 lifeboat and was quickly joined on scene by Coastguard Helicopter R936 to search the area.
After an extensive search, no further signals from the EPIRB were detected and nothing found on the water. Both Silloth RNLI Lifeboat and Rescue Helicopter 936 were stood down by HM Coastguard.
Stewart Henderson, Helmsman for Silloth RNLI Lifeboat, used his knowledge and training to bring the RNLI Lifeboat and volunteer crew safely home in complete darkness, navigating the constantly changing sand banks in worsening sea conditions.
Silloth Lifeboat returned to station at 7pm where it was washed down and refuelled, ready for service again.
Note to Editors
- Photo Credit Rebecca Clark, taken October 2023 while on exercise.
- Silloth Lifeboat Station operates from a newly built boathouse on the site of the original Victorian lifeboat station. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/silloth-lifeboat-station
RNLI Media Contacts
For more information please contact Rebecca Clark, Silloth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, [email protected] or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
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