St Bees RNLI launched to Investigate Distress Flares
At 6:40pm Friday 2 December the volunteers from St Bees lifeboat were requested by UK Coastguard to investigate reports that two distress flares had been seen in the area around Whitehaven Harbour.
The volunteer crew carried out an extensive search pattern around the area where the flares had been reported. Whitehaven HM Coastguard were on the scene searching the coastline from various vantage points. As there were no further sightings from either the search and rescue teams or any of the local fishermen along the coastline, UK Coastguard stood the crew stood at 8:20pm.
Key facts about the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland