Teen rescued after going missing in Heysham

The Morecambe RNLI hovercraft.
The Morecambe RNLI hovercraft.

A teenager was rescued by Morecambe’s RNLI hovercraft.

The volunteer hovercraft crew was called out to help police and coastguard teams search for a 15-year-old girl at around 10pm on Good Friday.

The teen was reported to be missing, and in an emotionally distressed state, in the Heysham area.

The girl was found by a police officer searching the shoreline, when he spotted the light from her mobile phone.

She was at the foot of the North Wall of Heysham harbour but, due to a previous injury, was unable to make her way back to safety.

The teen and the police officer who found her were taken on board the hovercraft and, on arrival at the Morecambe Hovercraft station, she was transferred into the care of a waiting ambulance crew.

Morecambe RNLI hovercraft volunteer Senior Commander Harry Roberts said: “The service was a difficult one in the dark, due to the numerous obstacles in the recovery area, but the casualty, who was cold and in a distressed state, was successfully recovered and returned to safety.”