Busiest Week of 2020 for Morecambe RNLI Volunteers


June 01, 2020

Last week was the busiest week of 2020 for Morecambe Lifeboat crew members.

The volunteers were tasked to service 5 times within a 7 day period.

On Sunday 25th May at just after 8pm a call to service was received. Launch Authority James Donnell authorised the launch of Morecambe’s Hovercraft Commanded by Andy Wright. This was following reports of 3 persons trapped in the mud near Thropshire Point.

The Hovercraft proceeded to the scene as it transpired it was 3 fisherman who did not require assistance and were in the process of making their own way back to shore shortly. The Hover thus returned to the station to stand down.

 

On Tuesday 26th May approx 2:30pm Morecambe RNLI were called to service following a report of multiple persons cut off by the tide at Silverdale. Lifeboat Operations Manager Steve Wilson authorised both the inshore lifeboat and the hovercraft you launch in a race against the tide. Once on scene both craft and crew commenced their respective searches.  A short time later it was confirmed that the persons had self rescued and were safely back at shore.

On Wednesday 27th May Morecambe Lifeboat volunteers were tasked to a long distance swimmer thought to be in difficulties. Both the inshore rescue hovercraft and inshore rescue lifeboat were launched. Fortunately, the swimmer made their way to shore and the volunteers services were not needed on this occasion.

On Saturday 30th May approx 6:40pm Morecambe RNLI were called to service following a report of multiple persons in the sea at Half Moon Bay attempting to retrieve an inflatable dinghy. Morecambe’s inshore lifeboat was launched and immediately began to make their way to the area. At 7.05pm a further report was received that all persons were now out of the water and safely on shore in company of Her Majesty’s Coastguard and the Police.

Finally, In the early hours of Sunday 31st at 1.54am Morecambe’s Hovercraft was launched following reports of a male entering the sea. Following on from the launch the RNLI volunteers located the male on the waters edge and brought him safely back to the promenade.

 

A spokesperson for Morecambe RNLI said “This marks one of the busiest weeks for the station in 2020, certainly the busiest since the Coronavirus pandemic. As always we are on call 24/7 and willing to deploy when our pagers go off. Our volunteer crew members continue to show resilience during the current policies in place. There was a great turn out from our crew members today. Please remember to #BeBeachSafe if you are visiting the coast.”