Mayor gets stuck in for Morecambe lifeboat crew
Throughout his year in office, Lancaster’s Mayor, Councillor Roger Mace, has been raising money for the RNLI and Macmillan Cancer Support.
On Wednesday 2 May 2018, he went one step further, literally, by volunteering to be a casualty during a training exercise and allowing himself to be stuck in the mud; so that he could be rescued by the volunteer lifeboat crew.
Firmly stuck in the mud, close to the promenade and less than 2 metres from the end of the Green Street slipway, the Mayor waited patiently while the crew searched for, located and then released him; an invaluable learning opportunity for all concerned as the volunteer crew practiced their mud rescue techniques and Councillor Mace learned how easy it was to become trapped very close to the shore.
Morecambe RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, Kevin Jackson, said’ The Mayor’s support during the last 12 months is very much appreciated and his participation in crew training helps us even further by raising public awareness of the dangers of walking out onto the sands. We don’t want to put people off from enjoying our Bay but ask that they respect the water by checking the times of the tides and keeping to the designated beaches. If it looks muddy then it probably is; making it dangerous to walk on and so should be avoided.’
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.