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Morecambe’s volunteer lifeboat crew launch to report of walkers cut off by the t

Lifeboats News Release

At 10.40am on Wednesday 27 June 2018, HM Coastguard requested Morecambe’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to go to the aid of 4 people and 2 dogs who were reported to be cut off by the flooding tide in the vicinity of Holme Island, near Grange-over-Sands.

Within 10 minutes of the call, the inshore lifeboat and inshore rescue hovercraft were both launched and making way to the area when they were stood down, by the Coastguard, following reports that the casualties were safely ashore.

Morecambe RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, Kevin Jackson, said ‘Due to the flooding tide, location and number of reported casualties it was important to launch both craft. Although we were stood down after launching, we would much rather be called as early as possible, than not be alerted until the last minute.’

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