RNLI crews respond to five Blackpool calls in 48 hours

Picture courtesy RNLI. Blackpool Lifeboat Station. One of the The two new inshore lifeboats in action.
Picture courtesy RNLI. Blackpool Lifeboat Station. One of the The two new inshore lifeboats in action.
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As temperatures have risen so too have calls to the Fylde coast’s RNLI volunteers, who have responded to five call outs in the last few days.

Blackpool’s RNLI volunteers were called to five separate reports of people in difficulty in the sea off Blackpool.

But for the most part the calls were false alarms, with good intention.

On Wednesday crews were called at 4am to assist two people in difficulty in water near the war memorial on the Promenade.

Later the same day, at 8.25pm, they were called to reports of a person who had slipped from the sea wall.

A search and rescue operation was launched early on Thursday, at 8.25am, after reports of a swimmer in difficulty near Manchester Square.

RNLI volunteers searched for around 20 minutes but managed to establish that a seal had been mistaken for a person in distress.

RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Keith Horrocks said: “It has been a very busy few days for our station.

“I am very proud of the volunteers that they have turned out without hesitation so many times in two days.

“Each call out means dropping everything to spend a couple of hours at the station launching the boat and then washing down and refuelling afterwards, it’s a big commitment for our crew.”

At 6.12pm on Thursday the crews were called out again to reports of a swimmer in difficulty opposite the Tower but those on the station’s D class lifeboats established the swimmer in question was safe and well.

While at the scene the crew was diverted to an inflatable that had been spotted drifting out to sea, when the RNLI volunteers reached it they realised it was in fact people fishing and they were safe and well.

Crews are now warning people to be vigilant while enjoying the warm weather.

RNLI Lifeboat Crewmember Paul Scott said: “We just ask that everyone on the beach remains vigilant and if they spot anything at all that they’re concerned about they should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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