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Blackpool person saved from sea as emergency response launched

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Volunteers searched the waters to find the person

 

RNLI Blackpool sent out two boats to find the person
RNLI Blackpool sent out two boats to find the person

A person was found in the sea in Blackpool as the sky became pitch black.

RNLI lifeboats hurried down to where the calls for the person sent them as they searched to try and bring them back to safety.

Volunteers were called around 6.45pm on New Years Day (January 1).

Sending in two boats, the crews searched the dark waters from Central to South Pier where they were able to find the person.

A spokesperson for RNLI Blackpool said: “Our RNLI volunteers responded to their pagers for the first time in 2022 when they were called out at 6.45pm this evening.

“The Coastguard received reports of a person possibly in the sea near Central Pier.

“Both D class lifeboats launched and searched from Central to South Pier.

“Fortunately the person was found & helped to safety by Coastguard volunteers.”

 

 

Fishing competition at Cleveleys raises more than £2,500 for RNLI

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A fishing competition staged in Cleveleys has raised an impressive £2,652.90  for the RNLI.

 

The event was organised by Hazel Tipping, of Hookers Baits fishing bait shop on Beach Road in Cleveleys, and saw competitors from the Fylde coast and across the North West taking part.

Hazel said: “It was our absolute pleasure to stage this event.

“The work that the RNLI does for the community is so important and anglers came to Cleveleys from far and wide to show their upmost respect and support for this event.

Hazel Tipping and her daughters present the cheque to RNLI members and mascot, Stormy Stan

Hazel Tipping and her daughters present the cheque to RNLI members and mascot, Stormy Stan

“Hats off to all RNLI crews throughout the UK but especially to our wonderful Fleetwood crew.”

The competition saw the angler with the largest cod winning the event, staged along Cleveleys seafront.

The presentation was staged at RJs Sports Bar, on North Promenade, where a grand raffle was staged to help boost funds for the RNLI, which relies on donations.

Hazel added: “We presented several of the Fleetwood Lifeboat crew along with their mascot Stormy Stan with the cheque, which they were all overwhelmed by.

“It was such a fun event and I’d like to thank everyone who supported it.”

A spokesman for Fleetwood RNLI said: “A massive thankyou to Hazel Tipping and Hookers Bait for their incredible donation after the fishing competition.

“This is local community support at its best!”

Fleetwood RNLI are on a festive fundraising drive at the moment.

To donate funds, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fleetwoodrnli2021

 

 

Farewell at boathouse to Lytham St Annes RNLI man Kerrith

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Lytham St Annes lifeboat crew said a final farewell to former colleague Kerrith Black at a memorial service at the St Annes RNLI boathouse.

 

Kerrith, known to all as Kez, died in his sleep from pneumonia aged just 32 last month.

He was a lifeboat mechanic who served for more than six years as a volunteer with Fylde’s lifeboat service and leaves his partner Kayleigh, their 21-month-old daughter Aluna Rose Black, and his parents Roy and Andrea Black.

The service, which was followed by a private family funeral at Lytham Crematorium, was attended by some 35 local crew members and fund-raisers, aliong with representatives of Blackpool and Fleetwood RNLI and the RNLI’s area life-saving manager Saul Mendelssohn.

Kerrith Black's funeral service at St Annes RNLI boathouse. Picture: Gregg Wolstenholme.

Kerrith Black’s funeral service at St Annes RNLI boathouse. Picture: Gregg Wolstenholme.

Among the RNLI crew was long-serving coxswain/mechanic Martin Jaggs, who travelled over from his current duties on the east coast.

Martin was coxswain/mechanic at St Annes when Kez joined the RNLI crew in 2014 and said: “Kez was a great guy – a real team player who was really keen and would do anything for anyone.”

Kez was unable to continue his volunteering for the RNLI when he moved to Preston last year, but his dad Roy, who followed Kez into the RNLI and is head launcher at Lytham and St Annes, said his intention had always been to return to the service.

Kerrith, known to all as Kez, served the RNLI at Lytham and St Annes for six years. Picture: Mark Astin.

Kerrith, known to all as Kez, served the RNLI at Lytham and St Annes for six years. Picture: Mark Astin.

The crew at Lytham and St Annes are inviting donations to the service in Kez’s memory via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lytham-st-annes-fundraising branch

 

 

Comedy legend Syd Little joins Stormy Stan for Fleetwood RNLI booster

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RNLI mascot Stormy Stan met a familiar face when he was out and about helping Fleetwood RNLI’s festive fundraising campaign in the town.

 

Syd Little with Stormy Stan

Syd Little with Stormy Stan

Syd Little, who was a prime time TV fixture in the 1980s with the Little and Large Show, now runs the Steamer pub and the Little Restaurant on Queens Terrace in Fleetwood.

Syd welcomed the Stormy and the RNLI team when they called into the pub on their walkabout through the town.

As well as visiting The Steamer, they also called at Fleetwood Market, the Trafalgar Restaurant and spoke to passers-by on the seafront.

Syd Little, Stormy Stan and the lads from Fleetwood RNLI

Syd Little, Stormy Stan and the lads from Fleetwood RNLI

Fleetwood RNLI spokesman Ken Harcombe said: “At Fleetwood Market we raised £270 in one hour alone.

“We always get great support in Fleetwood.”

The lifesaving charity relies on fundraisers and donations in order to keep operating all year round.

To support the charity visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fleetwoodrnli2021

 

 

Lytham St Annes RNLI mourns Kez following death from pneumonia at 32

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Lytham St Annes RNLI crew are in mourning at the loss of a long-time colleague who died aged just 32.

 

Kerrith Black, known to all as Kez, was a lifeboat mechanic who served for more than six years as a volunteer with Fylde’s lifeboat service.

He died in his sleep at home in Preston from pneumonia and he leaves his partner Kayleigh, their 21-month-old daughter Aluna Rose Black, and his parents Roy and Andrea Black.

Kez joined the Lytham St Annes RNLI crew in 2014 and three years later rose to become a lifeboat mechanic.

Kerrith 'Kez' Black on duty for Lytham St Annes RNLI

Kerrith ‘Kez’ Black on duty for Lytham St Annes RNLI

Tributes to lifeboat mechanic after sudden death at just 32

But he was always considered part of the “Lifeboat Family” and his dad Roy, who followed Kez into the RNLI and is head launcher at Lytham and St Annes, said his intention had always been to return to the service.

“He moved over to Preston to be with Kayleigh but the plan was for them to move back to Fylde after getting married,” said Roy.

“It was just such an almighty shock to hear he had gone, especially so suddenly.

“He loved being involved with the RNLI and he was such a popular member of the crew – he’d do anything for anyone.

“Joining the RNLI was an ambition from his schooldays. He went with his mum to the swimming baths at St Annes, next to the RNLI station at 13 and told her ‘I want to be a lifeboat man’.

“They called in, asked for advice about how he would get involved when he was older and was given some really helpful advice about what he needed to do at school and the apprenticeships to follow to become a mechanic and he followed them all.

“He was so proud when he joined up – and so were we. He and I worked together in a prestige valeting business for some years and he encouraged me to get involved when a vacancy for a launcher came up.

“It was great we were both involved – not many people can say they have launched their son out on a life-saving craft.”

Ben McGarry, a Lytham St Annes RNLI crew member who had earlier stepped up to mechanic and encouraged Kez to also take the role, said everyone at the station was absolutely shocked at Kerrith’s death.

“It was a dreadful shock when we heard of his loss – we couldn’t believe it and are so sorry for his family,” he said.

“Kez was just a really genuine lad who would do anything for anyone and really enjoyed being part of the lifeboat crew.

“He really took to the role and was aways wiling to learn and was a great guy to have around the station – a proper team player.”

A private, family-only cremation service is to be held at Lytham Crematorium and there are hopes for a ceremony is his memory at the St Annes lifeboat station, but that is still to be confirmed.

Kez, who grew up in Ansdell, was a former pupil of Ansdell Primary School and Lytham St Annes High School and a spokesman for Lytham St Annes RNLI said: “Kez was held in high regard by his fellow crew members and the station’s condolences go to his family and friends.

The crew at Lytham and St Annes are inviting donations to the service in his memory via a Just Giving page – www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lytham-st-annes-fundraising branch

 

 

Tributes to lifeboat mechanic after sudden death at just 32

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A lifeboat mechanic who served for more than six years as a Lytham St Annes RNLI volunteer has died aged 32.

 

Kerrith Black has died in his sleep, aged 32

Kerrith Black has died in his sleep, aged 32

Kerrith Black, known to all as Kez, passed away in his sleep and he leaves his partner Kayleigh and their 18-month-old daughter Aluna Rose Black, as well as his parents Roy and Andrea Black. A cause of death is not known.

Kez joined the Lytham St Annes RNLI crew in 2014 and three years later rose to become a lifeboat mechanic, a volunteer who is highly trained to look after the lifeboat engines and equipment at sea.

He was unable to continue his volunteering for the RNLI when he moved to Preston last year, with his new home beyond the maximum travelling range stipulated for calls to emergencies at sea via pager alert.

But a spokesman for Lytham St Annes RNLI he was always considered part of the “Lifeboat Family” and if he had moved back into Lytham St Annes at any time he would have been warmly welcomed back on the crew.

Kez was a former pupil of Ansdell Primary School and Lytham St Annes High School and his father Roy is a long-serving Shannon Launch and Recovery System driver at the RNLI station in St Annes.

Ben McGarry, a Lytham St Annes RNLI crew member who had earlier stepped up to mechanic and encouraged Kez to also take the role, said everyone at the station was absolutely shocked at Kerrith’s death.

“It was a dreadful shock when we heard of his loss – we couldn’t believe it and are so sorry for his family,” he said.

“Kez was just a really genuine lad who would do anything for anyone and really enjoyed being part of the lifeboat crew.

“He really took to the role and was aways wiling to learn and was a great guy to have around the station – a proper team player.”

A private, family-only cremation service is to be held at Lytham Crematorium and there are hopes for a ceremony is his memory at the St Annes lifeboat station, but that is still to be confirmed and a date announced.

The station spokesman added: “Kez was held in high regard by his fellow crew members and the station’s condolences go to his family and friends.”

 

 

Blackpool Lifeboats deployed in early hours of the morning after reports of a ‘person in the sea’

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A lifeboat from Blackpool was called to search for a person spotted in the sea near the Metropole Hotel at around 3.05am today.

 

Blackpool Lifeboats

Blackpool Lifeboats

It was called off after the person was found safe ‘elsewhere’, an RNLI spokesman said.

Police also attended, as did the Coastguard, which said the service – recently hit by a number of resignations of disgruntled volunteers upset by how it is now being run – no longer comments ‘on incidents which have involved a concern for welfare’.

 

 

Stranded Blackpool yacht saved minutes before crew in danger of drowning

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Coxswain Andrew McHaffie launched the rescue mission just in time, as if t had been 10 minutes later, there would have been ‘slim chance of survival’

 

Crew Al Sleet throws a heaving line to colleague Andy Hall on the yacht
Crew Al Sleet throws a heaving line to colleague Andy Hall on the yacht (Image: Lytham St Annes RNLI / Ben McGarry)

A rescue mission was launched to save a stranded 33ft yacht near Blackpool beach – with the vessel and crew saved minutes before their lives would have been in serious danger.

If it had been minutes later, there would have been a ‘slim chance of survival’ for the vessel and its crew, the RNLI has said.

The incident took place at around 11.43am last Friday (October 29).

After a sudden and violent squall passed through the Irish Sea area, the yacht asked the Holyhead Coastguard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre for help as they were unable to maintain a course or heading in the poor weather.

The Coastguard in turn requested the Lytham St Annes All-weather Lifeboat launch to assess the situation.

The station’s All-weather relief lifeboat was launched with Coxswain Andrew McHaffie in command and headed for the casualty’s position west of Lytham.

The lifeboat found the casualty off shore of Blackpool near the South Shore outfall pipe. The yacht was being forced by wind and sea ever closer to the surf line which would have risked the loss of the vessel and crew.

One crew member had a bruised arm when she had been thrown about by the violent motion of the vessel and could not leave the cabin. The other crew member was steering and tethered in the cockpit and unable to rig a tow line as a result.

Lytham St Annes Lifeboat approaches the yacht
Lytham St Annes Lifeboat approaches the yacht

Coxswain McHaffie realised the urgent need to get the yacht away from the rapidly approaching surf on the shore line so, despite the heavy seas running, skilfully placed the starboard shoulder of the lifeboat alongside the port side of the yacht, long enough for crew member Andy Hall to leap between the two vessels to assist the two people onboard.

Lifeboat crew member Al Sleet then threw a heaving line perfectly across to Andy Hall who quickly connected a tow line from the lifeboat and checked the man and woman onboard were uninjured apart from the lady’s bruising.

While this was going on the casualty vessel had drifted a mile nearer the shore so it was good timing and excellent seamanship from the Lifeboat Crew to have the yacht under tow at the first attempt.

Coxswain Andrew McHaffie
Coxswain Andrew McHaffie (Image: RNLI/David Forshaw)

With no safe mooring being available at Lytham in the poor conditions, the Lytham St Annes lifeboat towed the yacht northwards to the Wyre Estuary.

Meanwhile, the Lytham St Annes Lifeboat headed for home, arriving to be recovered on North Beach near the Thursby Home at 5.15pm.

The volunteer crew and shore crew were then free to set off for their homes or work at around 6.45pm after the dramatic and taxing rescue which had seen them at sea for five hours.

Speaking of the incident, Coxswain Andrew McHaffie later said: “The yacht was being forced by wind and sea towards the Blackpool beach and if we had not managed to connect the tow they would have been in the surf line in about 10 minutes with a slim chance of survival in those conditions.”

 

 

 

 

‘No impact’ on public safety as Coastguard volunteers quit in protest at ‘iron-fisted rule including media blackout’ as Southampton-based spokesman tells of ‘incident’ at nonexistent ‘Blackpool Pier’

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Coastguard bosses insist there will be no impact on safety after the departure of five experienced volunteers with 60 years’ service.

 

The Blackpool and Lytham life-saving team has been reduced by around half – with just six people left – because of the resignations, which came in protest at the perceived way the emergency service is now being run.

A recruitment drive will be launched to get numbers up by next summer, with the Coastguard teams in Fleetwood, which has 16 people, and Knott End, which has nine, being asked to help with call-outs in Blackpool, St Annes, and Lytham.

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A major nine-hour search was launched off the coast off Blackpool, after a pile of fishing gear was found behind the Sandcastle water park at around 2.45pm on Thursday, January 2, 2020 (Picture: Fleetwood Coastguard)

A major nine-hour search was launched off the coast off Blackpool, after a pile of fishing gear was found behind the Sandcastle water park at around 2.45pm on Thursday, January 2, 2020 (Picture: Fleetwood Coastguard)

It follows another record-breaking year on the Fylde coast, with hundreds of emergency calls being lodged.

One rescuer said there won’t be any delays over the quieter winter, but said there could have been had the departures come over the busy summer holidays.

“We actively recruit for replacement volunters when people step down from the role because of the value we place upon having full teams in every location,” a spokesman said.

“However, there is no impact on public safety as our coastguards serve alongside our other responders such as the search and rescue helicopters and the RNLI and independent lifeboats.

“In addition, our teams in the North West of England and in Wales have always worked together in partnership and will continue to do so, supporting each other in responses to emergency situations at the coast in a number of locations.”

Volunteers are said to be frustrated at what they feel is iron-fisted enforcement of policies.

One source said teams have been ordered to keep details of call-outs secret for 24 hours – only releasing details if there is a “public safety message” and if the Coastguard is the “lead agency”, which means the police and ambulance services will be expected to release information about jobs they lead, including when there are injuries and falls and searches for missing people, which make up the vast majority of local call-outs.

That, it is felt locally, is essentially a media blackout and sparked the closure of Coastguard social media pages up and down the country.

While a spokesman based in Southampton insisted “rescue teams are not banned from using social media or speaking to the media”, he failed to release details of an emergency on Thursday afternoon, other than to say there had been “an incident north of Blackpool Pier”, despite the resort having three piers.

He refused to say what the “incident” actually involved.

“We are called out for life and death situations, sometimes in very sensitive circumstances and it would be inappropriate for some details to be released,” he said.

“Sometimes we are asked by our partner agencies not to release information either in interview to the media or on social media because it could cause distress to family and friends of those at the heart of those incidents.

“We are sure that the communities we are a part of and that we serve will understand why that would be so.

“We are here to search and rescue, not cause hurt to those who we have done all we can to assist.”

 

Lytham Coastguards’ Facebook page has been closed, Fleetwood looks set to follow

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Coastguard teams based in Fleetwood and Lytham have announced they are closing down their Facebook pages.

 

The Coastguards at Blackpool

The Coastguards at Blackpool

The surprise announcements have saddened the thousands of followers in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde who like to read about the teams’ latest lifesaving endeavours.

The Fleetwood branch alone had some 9,000 followers on Facebook who have avidly read about the team’s work in what has been one of its busiest years, with some 300 jobs in 2021.

A post uploaded on the Fleetwood Coastguard Facebook page on Wednesday stated: “After much consideration between the admins, we are sad to announce that, with regret, our Facebook page will no longer be able to bring you details and content of incidents and features that we have previously posted. This is due to factors out of our control.

“We would like to say a big thank you to our 9k plus followers for your support, comments and kindness over the years and especially in this, our busiest year yet, with nearly three hundred incidents attended so far by the volunteers of HM Coastguard Fleetwood during 2021.

“Let us reassure you that HM Coastguard Fleetwood, along with our flank teams and our 999 Emergency colleagues, will continue to help our community, both at sea and along the Fylde Coast beaches 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year come rain or shine.”

Mark Sumner, of Fleetwood Coastguards, said: “We can’t go into detail why, except to say we have to be increasingly careful on what we report, but this will not affect our service.”

Safety advice will continue to be published by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Tonight the Lytham Coastguard Facebook page was no longer available, while the Fleetwood site was still up, although Wednesday’s post had been removed.

 

 

Lytham exhibition to mark 135th anniversary of lifeboat disaster

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The 135th anniversary of the Mexico lifeboat disaster off the Fylde coast occurs later this year – and is to be commemorated next week with an exhibition at Lytham Heritage Centre.

 

The tragic events of December 9, 1886 surrounding the lifeboats involved in the saving of the German craft the Mexico remains, all these years later, the worst such calamity in terms of loss of life in the history of the RNLI, and initiated the first-ever street collection for charity.

The Mexico was a barque that left Liverpool on December 5, 1886 bound for Ecuador, but in gale force winds and squally snow showers she ran aground a few days later on treacherous sandbanks in the Ribble estuary.

Lytham’s lifeboat, the Charles Biggs, successfully rescued those on board, but the entire crew of the St Annes lifeboat, the Laura Janet, and all but two of the Southport lifeboat were lost, when their vessels capsized while attempting to help the stricken ship in heavy seas.

The Mexico memorial on St Annes promenade landmark Heritage Centre set to reopen

Ten years ago, the 125th anniversary was marked by a service at St John’s Church in Lytham attended by the local RNLI officials and crew active at the time.

The exhibition, which will be on display from Tuesday, October 12 to Sunday, November 28 at the Centre on Henry Street, which re-opened this summer after extensive refurbishment.

It will feature artistic depictions of the disaster and a wealth of information about what happened on that fateful night. Donations will be welcome.

The Centre is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 4pm.

The lives lost in the Mexico disaster are commemorated in a memorial on St Annes seafront.

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Major search ongoing in sea around Blackpool’s North Pier following reports of person in water

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A search has been ongoing in the sea around North Pier after a member of the public spotted a person in the water.

 

RNLI Blackpool were paged to reports of a person in the water near North Pier at around 9.55pm last night (October 5).

Crews from Lytham and Fleetwood coastguard both launched all-weather lifeboats and carried out a “prolonged search”.

Blackpool volunteers also searched the promenade and shoreline on foot with the aid of the coastguard helicopter.

RNLI Blackpool were paged to reports of a person in the water near North Pier on October 5.

RNLI Blackpool were paged to reports of a person in the water near North Pier on October 5.

The search was ongoing this morning (October 6) alongside officers from Lancashire police.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “It was reported that a man had been swept out to sea, close to the North Pier, Blackpool.

“An extensive search has been conducted with our colleagues from the Coastguard and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

“At this time no person has been found.”

Officers said enquiries were ongoing

Anybody with information was asked to call 101, quoting log number 1362 of October 5, 2021.

You can also report any information online at doitonline.lancashire.police.uk.

 

 

Warning over ‘extremely dangerous’ item that sparked two Blackpool emergencies in a week

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Emergency services have been called out to two rescue operations in the same spot at sea this week

 

HM Coastguard Lytham on scene in Blackpool after dinghy drifts out to sea
HM Coastguard Lytham on scene in Blackpool after dinghy drifts out to sea

Two people on a dinghy drifted out to sea in Blackpool.

HM Coastguard Lytham were called to the scene at around 7.28pm on Thursday (September 2).

They received reports that a a dinghy drifting out to sea.

On arrival, they found two people aboard a small inflatable boat struggling to get back to shore.

RNLI Blackpool arrived on scene shortly after and assisted the inflatable back to shore.

This comes after the coastguard was called to reports that two dinghies were drifting out to sea in the exact same place at 7.09pm on Monday (August 30).

Fortunately, RNLI Blackpool arrived on scene shortly after and recovered them to shore.

The two people were then passed into the care of paramedics at North West Ambulance Service to be checked over.

Now Lytham Coastguard has issued a warning to anyone thinking of using an inflatables on open water.

They say that it’s ‘extremely dangerous and you will get swept out to sea’.

A spokesperson for HM Coastguard Lytham said: “We were called out at 19.28 this evening to a dinghy drifting out to sea, in the exact same area as the two inflatables earlier this week.

“We once again quickly arrived on scene and found two people aboard a small inflatable boat struggling to get back to shore.

“RNLI Blackpool arrived on scene shortly after and assisted the inflatable back to shore, where our volunteers passed stern safety advice.

“We then cleared people off sandbanks in the area.

“We were then called out at 20.30 to reports of a person laid on the beach, possibly entering the water, our volunteers arrived on scene and assisted the person away from danger, they were then passed into the care of Blackpool Police.

“Once again, we urge people NOT to use inflatables on open water, it’s extremely dangerous and you will get swept out to sea!”

Hoax call leads Blackpool’s sea rescue teams on wasted search under North Pier

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A hoax call led Fylde Coast rescue teams on a wasted search of the water under North Pier (Sunday, September 5).

 

Coastguard and RNLI crews were called to reports of a person clinging onto the pier legs in the freezing water at around 7.10pm.

Both Fleetwood and Lytham Coastguard rushed to the scene and two rescue officers in dry suits made their way under the pier legs to investigate.

With the tide incoming, RNLI Blackpool also launched one of its D-class lifeboat to search the end of the pier, but the team did not find anyone in need of their help.

Coastguard and RNLI crews were called to reports of a person in the water clinging onto the legs of the North Pier in Blackpool at around 7.10pm last night (Sunday, September 5). Pic: HM Coastguard Fleetwood

Coastguard and RNLI crews were called to reports of a person in the water clinging onto the legs of the North Pier in Blackpool at around 7.10pm last night (Sunday, September 5). Pic: HM Coastguard Fleetwood

Following discussions with the MRC (Maritime Rescue Centre) at Holyhead in Wales, it was decided the report was a hoax call and both Coastguard teams and Lifeboat crews were stood down.

It was the second hoax call the Coastguard had received over the weekend.

It followed another busy weekend for Fylde Coast rescue teams, with one casualty rescued from the water at North Pier in the early hours of Saturday morning (September 4).

At 1.10am, RNLI Blackpool were mobilised after it was reported that a person had been injured jumping from North Pier into the sea.

It was another busy weekend for Fylde Coast sea rescue teams, with one person rescued from the water at North Pier in the early hours of Saturday morning (September 4). Pic: RNLI Blackpool

It was another busy weekend for Fylde Coast sea rescue teams, with one person rescued from the water at North Pier in the early hours of Saturday morning (September 4). Pic: RNLI Blackpool

A D-class lifeboat was launched and crews found the person in the water and helped them to safety.

Fortunately, it was established that the person had not jumped from the pier but had been swimming and was suffering the effects of cold.

The person was lifted into the lifeboat and taken ashore were they were treated by ambulance crews.

If you would like to make a donation to support the life-saving efforts of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), you can do so here.

 

Coastguards called out four times overnight to three missing people and one man in trouble in the water

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Coastguard and lifeboat services had a busy night as they were called to four separate incidents within just a few hours.

 

HM Coastguard Fleetwood

HM Coastguard Fleetwood

Officers from Fleetwood and Lytham coastguards were first called at 7.45pm to reports of a missing person in the central beach area of Blackpool.

“Although this was in the middle of the Blackpool Illuminations switch on, the incident was quickly resolved,” a spokesman said.

Then, shortly before 1am this morning, coastguards were called to reports of a missing person believed to be near the beach in the Chatsworth area of Fleetwood.

Officers carried out a search from the sea cadets base to Rossall, and the missing person was eventually found by Fleetwood area police.

The team was then called to a person in the water near North Pier, Blackpool.

A Blackpool RNLI lifeboat was launched and the person was spotted in the sea close to the station. He was walked to the beach and handed into the care of North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Finally, coastguards were again called at 5.15am to help search for a vulnerable person in the Comedy Carpet area of Blackpool. As officers arrived on scene, news came through that the incident had been resolved.

 

Coastguard warns of dangers of taking inflatables into the sea

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Coastguard rescuers issued a warning to beachgoers after being called out to incidents involving inflatables twice this week.

 

During the evening of Bank Holiday Monday, rescuers were called out to two people struggling to get back to shore after they took inflatable rings – which began drifting out to sea – into the water between South and Central piers.

RNLI Blackpool volunteers pulled the pair back to the beach, where they were checked over by North West Ambulance Service paramedics.

And on Wednesday, Lytham Coastguard and RNLI Blackpool lifeboat volunteers were called out again to a dinghy floating out to sea, with two people on board unable to steer the inflatable back to shore.

Coastguard rescuers issued a warning to beachgoers after being called out to incidents involving inflatables twice this week.

Coastguard rescuers issued a warning to beachgoers after being called out to incidents involving inflatables twice this week.

The two people were given “stern safety advice” after reaching safety, and rescuers went on to clear people off the sandbanks as the tide came in.

Volunteers issued a warning and urged people not to take inflatables into open water, as currents can quickly change and cause people to become stranded out at sea.

A spokesman for Lytham Coastguard said: “Inflatables are not for the sea, keep inflatable for the pool, not open water.

“We urge people not to use inflatables on open water, it’s extremely dangerous and you will get swept out to sea.

“If you see a coastal emergency, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

 

Blackpool person saved after reports of ‘falling from North Pier’

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North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RNLI Blackpool, and Blackpool Police were all called out to help the individual

 

Crews mobilise outside SEA LIFE Blackpool
Crews mobilise outside SEA LIFE Blackpool (Image: RNLI Blackpool)

A person has been dragged to safety after reports came in that they had fallen off of Blackpool’s North Pier in the early hours of this morning.

A huge emergency service response was launched at around 1.10am today (September 4) following the call being placed with RNLI Blackpool.

This also saw North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Blackpool Police rushed to the seafront outside of SEA LIFE Blackpool.

Fortunately, the individual in question had not fallen from North Pier.

But they were in the sea, with them receiving medical attention once brought to safety by RNLI volunteers due to suffering from the effects of cold.

A statement issued by RNLI Blackpool said: “Our RNLI volunteers were called out at 1.10am this morning to reports that a person may have jumped from North Pier and suffered injuries.

“One D-class lifeboat launched, found the person in the water and helped them to safety.

“Fortunately they had not jumped from the pier and were just suffering the effects of cold.

“North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Blackpool Police also attended.”

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RNLI rescue person in sea off Blackpool pier

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Boat launched to locate person in the water off pier at 1.10am on Saturday

 

Blackpool RNLI launch boat following incident in early hours of Saturday
Blackpool RNLI launch boat following incident in early hours of Saturday (Image: Blackpool RNLI)

A lifeboat was launched this morning (September 4) following reports that a person had “jumped off” a Blackpool pier and had suffered injuries.

However the person had just got into trouble in the water and was suffering from the effects of cold.

RNLI Blackpool launched a D-Class boat near North Pier and located the casualty where they were checked out by medics.

Police and an ambulance crew were also in attendance.

Two people on inflatable rings drifted out to sea in Blackpool

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Lytham Coastguard has issued a warning, saying ‘keep inflatables for the pool, not open water.’

 

Upon arrival on shore, the two people were passed into the care of paramedics
Upon arrival on shore, the two people were passed into the care of paramedics

A rescue was launched after two inflatables drifted out to sea in Blackpool.

Emergency services were called to the incident at around 7.09pm on Monday (August 30).

It was reported that people on dinghies were drifting out to sea.

Lytham Coastguard attended and discovered that it was two inflatable rings with one person on each.

Fortunately, RNLI Blackpool arrived on scene shortly after and recovered them to shore.

Upon arrival on shore, the two people were passed into the care of paramedics at North West Ambulance Service to be checked over.

The coastguard is now warning people about the dangers of using inflatables in open water.

A spokesperson for Lytham Coastguard said: “We were called out at 19.09 to reports of persons on dinghies drifting out to sea, we quickly arrived on scene and discovered it was two inflatable rings with one person on each, RNLI Blackpool arrived on scene shortly after and recovered them to shore.

“Our volunteers then relocated to the boathouse and assisted with medical care until the arrival of North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

“Once they arrived, both casualties were passed into the paramedics care to be checked over.

“Inflatables are NOT for the sea!

“Keep Inflatables for the pool, not open water!”

Person rescued from sea near Blackpool’s Central Pier

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Police, paramedics, coastguard and the RNLI were called to the incident

 

A rescue operation was launched near Blackpool's Central Pier
A rescue operation was launched near Blackpool’s Central Pier (Image: HM Coastguard Lytham)

A person has been pulled from the sea in a rescue operation at Blackpool.

Police, paramedics, a lifeboat crew, and coastguard officals were called to the incident near Central Pier at around 6.15am today.

It was reported that there was a person in the water.

RNLI Blackpool launched their D-Class lifeboat and managed to recover the person from the water and took them back to shore.

They were then passed into the care of awaiting paramedics from North West Ambulance Service.

HM Coastguard Lytham said: “We were called out at 06.17 to reports of a person in the water around the Central Pier area. We quickly arrived on scene and located the person, RNLI Blackpool launched one D-Class lifeboat and we conned them onto the person, the casualty was then recovered from the water and taken back to shore. They were then passed into the care of North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust. If you see a coastal emergency, dial and ask for the Coastguard!”

RNLI Blackpool added: “Our RNLI volunteers were called out at 6.15am this morning to a person in the sea at Central Pier. One D class lifeboat launched, found the person and brought them back to safety ashore. @NWAmbulance Blackpool Police & @HMCoastguard units also attended.”