Morecambe’s volunteer RNLI crew go to aid of woman and dog
At 12.30pm on Friday 8 April 2016, Morecambe RNLI’s volunteer inshore rescue inshore lifeboat and hovercraft crews were tasked to go to the assistance of a woman who had been caught in the tide near Mill Lane, Bolton le Sands.
Crew members from the inshore lifeboat, were first on scene and they waded to the woman, who was by now up to her knees in water, before assisting her and her dog into the hovercraft. The volunteer hovercraft crew then transferred them both to the shore at Redbank where an ambulance crew was waiting for them. The Air Ambulance and members of the local coastguard team were also in attendance. The hovercraft and inshore lifeboat then returned to station.
Morecambe RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Kevin Jackson, said: ‘This incident proves just how easy it is to get caught out by the tide and we urge people to check the times and height of tides before walking out onto the shore.’
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