Two rescued by lifeboat crew

The Morecambe lifeboat
The Morecambe lifeboat
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Two people had to be rescued by lifeboat after becoming stranded near Morecambe.

Morecambe’s RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and Hovercraft launched at 11.30am on Sunday after a man and a woman rang the Coastguard to say they had become stranded by the tide on the road between Overton and Sunderland Point.

The couple, from Lancaster, has parked their car at Overton and decided to go on a walk along the access road to Sunderland Point, which is about a mile long, not realising how fast the incoming tide can quickly cover the road. Most days of the year the road is covered by the tide twice a day.

They were eventually transported to safety by hovercraft.

Morecambe RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, Kevin Jackson, said: “The man and lady did the right thing by using their mobile phone to call the Coastguard once they realised they were cut off by the incoming tide.

“This enabled Morecambe’s RNLI crews to respond quickly to the emergency situation and rescue them just before they became engulfed by the sea. Afterwards they felt slightly embarrassed by the situation they had found themselves in but they had no need to, the RNLI are more than happy to respond to this type of emergency in the knowledge that the couple are now safe and sound.”