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Second call in 2 days for Morecambe’s volunteer lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

At 12.30pm on Monday 16 April 2018, HM Coastguard requested Morecambe’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to support local coastguards by searching for a possible missing person.

The inshore lifeboat and inshore rescue hovercraft were both launched; the lifeboat conducting a shoreline search from Heysham to the Stone Jetty and the hovercraft searching the shore from the Stone Jetty to the River Keer, near Carnforth. Both searches were completed without result and, satisfied that there was nothing further they could do, HM Coastguard called off the search and both craft returned to station.

The crew had also been called out at 11.15am the day before, on Sunday 15 April, in response to reports that a woman was cut off by the tide on the River Lune in Lancaster, but they were stood down, shortly after assembling, when it was confirmed that the woman was safely ashore.

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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, Carrybridge 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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