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Missing girl brought to safety by hovercraft crew

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A teenager was brought to safety by Morecambe’s RNLI rescue hovercraft on Friday night.

The volunteer hovercraft crew was tasked to assist the police and coastguard teams in searching for a 15-year-old girl at around 10pm.

The teen was reported to be missing, and in an emotionally distressed state, in the Heysham area.

The girl was found by a police officer, searching the shoreline, when he spotted the light from her mobile phone.

The teenager was located at the foot of the North Wall of Heysham harbour but, due to a previous injury was unable to make her way back to safety; so she, and the police officer who found her were taken on board the hovercraft and, on arrival at the Morecambe Hovercraft station, the girl was transferred into the care of a waiting ambulance crew.

Morecambe RNLI hovercraft volunteer Senior Commander Harry Roberts said: “The service was a difficult one in the dark, due to the numerous obstacles in the recovery area, but the casualty, who was cold and in a distressed state, was successfully recovered and returned to safety.”

 

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