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Beached jet ski sparks search for missing rider

Emergency services called out near Snatchems after a jet skier was reported to be in trouble. Photo by Janet Packham.

Emergency services called out near Snatchems after a jet skier was reported to be in trouble. Photo by Janet Packham.

A jet ski rider was reported missing in the River Lune sparking a search and rescue operation.

An abandoned jet ski was found on Sunday afternoon about a mile off Middleton Sands.

Its rider had been with fellow jet skiers who, when they noticed he was no longer with them, retraced their route and found his jet ski aground on a sandbank.

There was nothing indicate that he had managed to make his way to safety.

Emergency services were called at around 1.25pm.

The RNLI hovercraft searched the river and shoreline around one mile west of Sunderland Point while coastguard teams searched from the shore.

One of the skier’s friends then received a phone call to say he had made his way safely to shore and was on his way to meet them at Snatchems.

The rider was later found safe and well.

It is believed he was having problems with the jet ski and had run aground.

Colin Midwinter, from Morecambe RNLI, said: “This is not the first time that we have gone to the aid of a jet skier caught aground in this area and it indicates just how quickly the tide ebbs in that part of the bay.

“We would advise all those who go to sea, and are not equipped with radio equipment, to carry a mobile phone with them.

“Although they are not entirely reliable, as you cannot guarantee a signal, in this instance it might have saved the casualty’s friends and family unnecessary stress and worry; and also enabled us to go to his assistance much quicker.

“The main thing is that he is safe and, at the end of the day, that is all that matters.”

 

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