Morecambe’s lifeboat crew in night search for missing man
At 00.15am on Saturday 03 August 2019, Morecambe’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew responded to a request from HM Coastguard to assist police and local coastguard teams to search a section of the River Lune for a man who had been reported as missing.
The inshore rescue lifeboat and inshore rescue hovercraft were both launched onto the flooding tide and proceeded to conduct a search of the river from the Millennium bridge in Lancaster to Condor Green. Although the weather was fine, the search proved to be hazardous due to the amount of debris in the river; washed down during the recent heavy rain.
The operation was called off by Coastguard Command at 01.50am, when it was confirmed by police that the missing person had been located elsewhere and that he was safe.
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.