Busy day for Fleetwood RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The hot weather on Saturday 7 May, prompted two call-outs for the volunteer lifeboat crew at Fleetwood RNLI.

The first call-out came early afternoon on Saturday, following a request by HM Coastguard to investigate a submerged boat, near Skippool.

The inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched and the lifeboat crew found no people on board. Whilst investigating the submerged boat, HM Coastguard again asked for assistance with a yacht that had run aground. The person on board the vessel was confirmed to be safe and waiting for the tide by the lifeboat crew.

Then at 2.15pm, the all-weather lifeboat (ALB), William Street was launched to assist their RNLI colleagues from Morecambe. Morecambe ILB was towing a fishing vessel back to port, but the wind and tide meant the larger and more powerful all-weather lifeboat from Fleetwood, was more suited to the task. The Fleetwood crew took over from Morecambe RNLI and towed the yacht to Knott End.

Tony Cowell, 2nd Coxswain at Fleetwood lifeboat station said: 'The volunteer lifeboat crews handled both incidents quickly and professionally. We should also mention the fantastic volunteer shore crew we have here at Fleetwood RNLI. They were on service for over seven hours. We couldn’t operate without them.'

The lifeboat crew were pleased to return to shore in time to celebrate the 50th birthday of ‘Skip’ Frith, a Fleetwood lifeboat crewman for many years.

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RNLI Fleetwood’s all weather lifeboat, ‘William Street’

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