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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.

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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!”