Morecambe’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew in search for missing person
Morecambe’s volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew launched in the early hours of the morning to assist in the search for a person reported as missing.
At 2.25am on Friday 13 May 2016, Holyhead Coastguard requested the Morecambe RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to assist police officers and the local coastguard team to search for a man, who had been reported as missing, on the beach in the West End area of Morecambe.
The inshore rescue hovercraft quickly launched into the incoming tide and proceeded to search the shoreline; while the inshore lifeboat and her volunteer crew remained on standby alongside the Stone Jetty.
The search was called off and the volunteer crew were stood down at 3am when it was confirmed by police officers that the missing man had been located a mile away; in an all-night bar on Queen Street.
Morecambe RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Kevin Jackson, said ‘This was a false alarm with good intent and the caller was right to report it. The missing person is safe and well and, at the end of the day, that is all that matters.’
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.