Lifeboat crew called out to Morecambe walkers stranded by tide

Morecambe's volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew was launched on Wednesday evening to help two walkers cut off by the incoming tide.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 28th June 2018, 9:26 am
Updated Friday, 29th June 2018, 3:58 pm
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HM Coastguard requested Morecambe’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to go to the aid of the two people at around 7.30pm on Wednesday.

They were reported to be cut off by the flooding tide on a sandbank near Green Street.

The inshore rescue hovercraft was quickly launched and proceeded to the area.

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As the two reported casualties had already begun to swim the channel back to shore, the hovercraft stood by until they had returned safely to the beach.

Morecambe RNLI volunteer Deputy Launching Authority, Colin Midwinter, said: “With the current hot weather, it is natural that people should want to cool off in the sea but we would urge them to respect the water and be aware of the dangers posed by the incoming tide.

“We strongly advise them not to cross any channels, no matter how shallow, as these will quickly deepen and get wider as the tide starts to flood; making it very easy to be cut off.

“Also, although the weather is hot, the water is cold and cold water shock can mean even the strongest swimmer will struggle in the current of an incoming tide.

“We want to encourage people to enjoy the seaside and simply ask that they check the tide times, follow our advice and stay safe.”