Blackpool RNLI volunteers rescue man

Lifeboats News Release

Blackpool’s RNLI volunteers were called out at 5.30pm on Wednesday evening (25th May) when a man was spotted in the sea opposite Coral Island. The man was up to his neck in water and was in need of urgent assistance.

One of the charity’s D class lifeboats launched and reached the casualty within minutes.  The volunteer lifeboat crew helped him into the lifeboat and returned him to shore where he was warmed up and checked over by a waiting ambulance.

Blackpool RNLI spokesperson Ian Butter said, ‘the casualty we assisted this evening was very lucky, if our volunteers hadn’t reached him as quickly as they did the outcome could have been very different.’

Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager Keith Horrocks MBE added, ‘As summer approaches this incident serves as a timely reminder to visitors and locals alike.  The beach is a fantastic place to spend time, especially when the weather is good, but please be mindful of the incoming tide and remain vigilant at all times.  Remember to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard if you spot any problems or you get into difficulty.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Esther Lowe Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, RNLI Blackpool on 01253 508603 or 07917091948.  Alternatively please contact Alison Levett, RNLI Public Relations Manager, North, on 07786 668912.

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