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!”