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Friday, 21 November 2014

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Coastguard rescues 11 in Morecambe Bay

THE coastguard has warned revellers to beware of tide times after a spate of rescues across Morecambe Bay at the weekend.

The coastguard was involved in the rescue of 11 people in a number of incidents in Morecambe Bay on Saturday alone.

A further six people were given a warning on safety after being caught by the incoming tide.

The coastguard has said a combination of people drinking on beaches in the hot weather and a lack of awareness of tide times led to the high number of call-outs.

Four children were rescued from sandbanks at Canal Foot, Ulverston, after they were cut off by the tide at around 2.25pm.

Barrow fire service was called but Ulverston Inshore Rescue and Walney Coastguard had safely rescued the walkers by the time the crew had arrived on scene.

Rescue crews warned a number of revellers in the area before being called to another incident.

Shortly after the rescue teams were sent to help rescue two people who were stuck in waist-deep water close to the Leven Viaduct.

The coastguard also warned a group of six people who were left knee-deep in incoming water near sands north of Leven Viaduct sometime around 2.30pm – though the coastguard said they were not in immediate danger.

Shortly after a number of walkers attempting to make a crossing from Flookburgh towards Ulverston had to be rescued at around 1.30pm when they became stranded by the incoming tide on Chapel Island.

A Walney Coastguard Spokesman said “This was a hectic couple of hours where all three incidents were all in the same area. We don’t want to be killjoys but we would advise people to read the tide tables or read the local press for tidal information and to seek local advise.

“Drinking on the beach and on boats also has its dangers, we would ask people to think about what they intend to do before setting off during this hot period, don’t drink and drown.”

A spokesman for Liverpool Coastguard said: “The tide comes in extremely fast in Morecambe Bay.

“If people haven’t checked the tide times, or they’re not aware, or they don’t know the are itself it can be dangerous.”

In another incident at around 1.15pm on Sunday, Bay Search and Rescue were called to rescue a broken down hovercraft. The hovercraft had developed an electrical fault and broken down on soft sand.

The team sent one of its Hagglund all-terrain vehicles to recover it from sands near Flookburgh. Paul Calland, deputy station officer, said: “It was relatively straightforward,

“The vehicle was on soft sand so if another vehicle had tried to recover it, it would have sunk.

“It was a matter of having the right tool for the job.”

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thank goodness that our hard working emergency services paid and unpaid are available when members of the general public seem to lose all common sense when the sun shines!!

Posted by mum b on 28 May 2012 at 19:57

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