Sea drama in rescue crew call-out surge

Blackpool RNLI Atlantic 85 B867 William & Eleanor
Blackpool RNLI Atlantic 85 B867 William & Eleanor
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Lifesavers are warning people to take care if they visit the seaside during the Easter holidays - after lifeboat crews were called out to three incidents in four days.

All of the incidents involved casualties getting into difficulty after entering the water, and they had to be led to safety by police or the coastguard.

The incidents all took place last week on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

One saw Blackpool RNLI and police called out to North Pier, Blackpool, at 8.25pm on Tuesday when they received reports a group of people were in the water.

It is believed the group had been drinking, however the woman, aged in her early 20s, had already left the water by the time lifeboat crews arrived.

Thursday’s incident saw the lifeboat called out to Bispham when a woman threatened to go in the water, while the crew attended another incident next to North Pier the following day, after they received reports a man was attempting to enter the water.

Both were intercepted and led to safety.

RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, Keith Horrocks MBE, said: “We’ve had a hectic week and although all three call outs have had happy endings we are worried that it’s only a matter of time before someone gets into very serious difficulties.

“With the Easter holiday just around the corner we know visitors and locals will want to make the most of the nice weather and head to the beach but we would ask that they remain vigilant at all times.”

The Gazette’s Think Sea Safety campaign launched following the death of David Sagar, 17, from Lewtas Street, Blackpool.

The campaign has raised awareness of the sea’s danger, after the teenager fell backwards from the sea wall opposite Gynn Square in March 2012.