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Lytham St Annes RNLI called to four girls in danger of being cut off by the tide

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Lytham St Annes Inshore Lifeboat called to four girls in danger of being cut off by the tide.

The volunteer crew of the Lytham St Annes RNLI Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) Sally responded to a request to launch from Holyhead Coastguard at 6.46 pm today (Wednesday 4th May) when four girls were seen on the river bank near the 8 mile perch with the Spring tide starting to flood rapidly into the channel, cutting them off. 

The ILB was taken to the launch site at Seafield Road (Church Scar) with three crew members and set off upriver to the girls.  The teenagers very sensibly did not attempt to cross the rapidly filling channel to get back to the Lytham side as that could have put them into great danger.

The Inshore Lifeboat took the girls off the bank and brought them back to land them at Seafield Road.  They were then passed into the care of the Lytham Coastguard mobile unit who drove them up the beach to the Promenade. 

The girls, who had been out walking on the beach in the sunny weather, then set off for home after a somewhat adventurous hour.  The ILB was then returned to her boathouse and refuelled and washed off by 7.40pm.

Lifeboat Mechanic Ben McGarry later said that the girls had done the right thing to stay where they were until help arrived as they were not in immediate danger as long as they did not try to cross the channel to get back to Lytham. 
Photo
1) Lytham St Annes ILB speeds down river after picking up the four girls (photo by Ben McGarry)
2) Lytham St Annes D class Inshore Lifeboat D657 Sally being washed off and made ready for her next call out after the service on 4th May 2016 (photo by David Forshaw)


Notes to editors
• Lytham St Annes lifeboat station was founded in 1851
• To learn more about the station, go to the Lytham St Annes station page

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For more information please contact David Forshaw, Lytham St Annes Lifeboat Press Officer on 07904 685 206 or Peter Whalley, Lytham St Annes Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer on 07872 026395 or Alison Levett, RNLI Media Relations Manager, North, on 01642 750585 or 07786 668912 or at alevett@rnli.org.uk

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