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Lifeboat launched after ‘body’ seen in Lune

The new Morecambe Lifeboat on a training exercise in Morecambe Bay
(2009)

The new Morecambe Lifeboat on a training exercise in Morecambe Bay (2009)

Morecambe’s RNLI hovercraft was launched to recover a ‘body’ from the River Lune which turned out to be a mooring buoy.

The Coastguard requested the lifeboat launch after sightings of what was believed to be a body in the River Lune at 12.45pm.

Launching from Snatchems, the inshore lifeboat went to the scene and crews were able to identify that the ‘body’ was in fact a mooring buoy which had broken loose from its anchorage.

The buoy was recovered and both craft returned to station.

RNLI volunteer Senior Hovercraft Commander, Harry Roberts MBE said: ‘The call was made in good faith. “Due to discolouration and the weed attached to the buoy’s mooring rope, it is easy to see why someone viewing it at a distance would believe they had seen a dead body.

“Recovery of bodies is the least pleasant aspect of our work and we were pleased that on this occasion it was a false alarm with good intent.”

 

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