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Morecambe lifeboat crew rescue girl trapped in mud

Lifeboats News Release

At 6.50pm on Wednesday 18 May 2016, Holyhead coastguard tasked Morecambe RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to assist local coastguard teams to search for two teenaged girls reported missing in the Mill Lane area of Bolton-le-Sands.

Morecambe’s inshore rescue hovercraft and a coastguard rescue helicopter proceeded to the scene; during which time it was reported that one of the girls had been reported as safe.  They located the other girl at 7.30pm, trapped up to her waist in mud, in the Keer channel near Warton stock car track.

The volunteer lifeboat crew began to dig the girl out of the mud while the coastguard helicopter flew to Blackpool airport to refuel before returning to assist.he volunteer lifeboat crew began to dig the girl out of the mud while the coastguard helicopter flew to Blackpool airport to refuel before returning to assist.

With an incoming tide, after about 40 minutes, the volunteer lifeboat crew managed to extract the young girl safely.  As she had by this time been in the mud for about 90 minutes and was suffering from cold, and possibly the serious complications associated with suspension trauma due to the length of time that she had been trapped, it was decided to transfer her from the hovercraft to the helicopter in order to speedily evacuate her to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary for treatment

Morecambe RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Kevin Jackson, said ‘This was a very serious incident but thankfully, with good inter-agency cooperation, we were able to achieve a good outcome.’

Notes to editors
• Morecambe Lifeboat Station has been operating since 1966.
• Personnel can be available for interview.

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