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Blackpool RNLI volunteers launch to two incidents after busy family fun day

Lifeboats News Release

Blackpool RNLI volunteers were called out to two separate incidents at 8pm on Saturday evening. The emergencies came just hours after hundreds of visitors enjoyed Blackpool’s annual lifeboat station family fun day on the promenade.

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Blackpool RNLI Family Fun Day 2017

Blackpool RNLI volunteers were paged at 8pm after a family of two adults and four children were cut off by the tide at Gynn Square. While the lifeboat crew were preparing to launch to assist the family they were alerted to a second emergency at Squires Gate. A member of the public had called 999 to report that they were concerned about another person on the beach who may be in need of assistance.

Both of Blackpool’s D class lifeboats launched and headed to Gynn Square while the Atlantic 85 lifeboat headed towards Squires Gate. Fortunately when the volunteer crewmembers arrived on scene the casualties had all reached safety and no longer required assistance.

The call outs came just hours after Blackpool lifeboat station annual family fun day ended. Hundreds of visitors attended the RNLI station on the promenade on Saturday and enjoyed a fantastic array of games, activities, competitions and entertainment raising a huge amount for the charity in the process.

RNLI spokesperson Paul Parton said, ‘our annual family fun day was a huge success this year. We are extremely grateful to all of the generous visitors who came along and helped us to raise lots of money; their contributions will ensure that we can continue to save lives at sea.

We can’t launch our lifeboats without the generosity of our supporters and as tonight has proven there are lots of people who get into difficulty on our coastline and it’s important that we can launch quickly and get them the help they need as soon as possible.’

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For more information please contact Esther Lowe Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, RNLI Blackpool. Home 01253 508603, lifeboat station 01253 620424 or email robbyn89@yahoo.com

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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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