Jet ski rescue drama

RNLI set off from Blackpool's Central Pier to rescue a stranded jetski

RNLI set off from Blackpool's Central Pier to rescue a stranded jetski

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RNLI rescuers had a busy day when they were called to a report a ski-boat had broken down about half a mile off Norbreck.

The lifeboat was immediately launched with a crew of three to go to the aid of the broken-down boat.

Crewman Paul Scott said: “The sea was calm and we quickly located the boat with three people on board. We went alongside and towed it to shore at Anchorsholme.”

And as the lifeboat was being refuelled and made ready to be re-housed the crew received another call that a man had jumped off Blackpool’s North Pier.

They immediately put to sea again and were quickly on scene.

They found the man clinging to the stanchions of the pier and he was taken on board the lifeboat.

Crewman Scott added: “Apparently this man had jumped off the pier for a bet. This is an extremely dangerous thing to do. He is very lucky. Apart from the fact the height of fall is quite some distance, and the tide was ebbing and leaving shallow water; the sea temperature at this time of year is very cold.”

The man was suffering from cuts and grazes and after the lifeboat landed him at central beach, paramedics were on scene to treat him.