Coastguard warns 'enjoy the beach but stay safe' after multiple rescue operations

The coastguard and RNLI were called out multiple times last night to various reports of people in trouble in the water.

Tuesday, 26th June 2018, 4:56 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th June 2018, 6:49 pm
The coastguard was called out multiple times yesterday

The coastguard was called to reports of a man in the River Wyre, Fleetwood, at around 6.50pm yesterday.

They were called again at 8pm to reports of people cut off by the tide on Fleetwood beach.

A spokesman said: "As some of the team where making their way to the station, we came across a person who fit the description of the ‘male in the water’ walking down Dock Street.

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"It seems that he had swam across the river against a flood tide and had been pulled out by a member of the public.

"This is something we would not under any circumstance, consider a safe thing to do (swimming in the river that is) but people are people and unfortunately we can’t legislate for those who think they are invincible!"

The RNLI was also called to the River Wyre on the Knott End side last night to reports of two people in the water.

People involved in all three call-outs successfully made their own way out of the water unharmed.

The coastguard spokesman said: "It’s the summer. It's a heatwave. It's hot. Enjoy the beach but stay safe."