Busy year for Morecambe’s brave life savers

Morecambe RNLI rescue cow from mud
Morecambe RNLI rescue cow from mud
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Morecambe lifeboat crew was one of the busiest in the north of England in 2014.

Figures revealed the town’s volunteer RNLI team were called out on 55 rescue missions last year, the joint third highest number of call-outs out of 33 northern stations.

The busiest station was Blackpool, Tynemouth was second and Whitby was equal third with Morecambe.

Thirty four people were rescued by Morecambe crew, say the stats, which exclude false alarms and launches on exercise.

Call-outs included the rescue of a cow trapped in mud on the riverbank near Lancaster Golf Club last February, and saving a homeless man who walked out deliberately into chest-deep water three times in four days in November. He was later convicted of causing a public nuisance.

Kevin Jackson, Morecambe RNLI volunteer lifeboat operations manager, said: “Crew members continue to give up a great deal of their time and energy to ensure that, in keeping with the tradition of the RNLI, they are able to provide the best possible service to those who need our help.

“With three call-outs, so far, in January; it would seem that we are likely to be just as busy in 2015.”

The year also saw the loss of a number of long standing crew members due to retirement or work/family pressures.

Michael Guy retired after 10 years as lifeboat operations manager, to be replaced by Kevin Jackson, but continues as chairman of the Lifeboat Station Management Committee.

The 33 RNLI lifeboat stations in the north rescued 930 people during 1,025 rescue launches.

Some 34.5% of lifeboat rescues were to recreational craft (354); 22.5% were to people ashore (233); 17% to people in the water (174) and 16% to fishing vessels (164).

Machinery failure was the most common cause of rescue across the north.