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Ulverston rescue team aims to buy hi-tech kit

NIGHT vision goggles could be the difference between life and death for an Ulverston rescue team.

Ulverston Inshore Rescue is aiming to raise £2,000 for a set of night vision goggles.

The 12-strong team assists the coastguard and RNLI in rescue operations and team leader Bruce Chattaway says the new equipment is vital in ensuring the team is trained up and ready for action 24 hours a day.

The team was founded 12 years ago and took part in the rescue operation in the aftermath of the Morecambe Bay cockling disaster, which happened ten years ago last week.

Mr Chattaway said: “We’re looking to raise £2,000 for night vision goggles to help on rescues at night, they could really be the difference between life and death.

“I’ve got 12 people fully trained and there are two more in training. We’re fully geared up to respond to emergencies but we’re looking to get hold of some of the night vision goggles so we can play a fuller role.”

The team is equipped with two rescue boats, two quad bikes and a 4x4.

Mr Chattaway, a former member of the coastguard, added: “Our team is better prepared now and better trained and I think people are more aware of the dangers of Morecambe Bay but having the goggles will just make everything much easier.”

To make a donation emailUlverston Inshore Rescue so@ulverston-inshore.co.uk or write to Ulverston Inshore Rescue, C/o 57 Birkett Drive, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 9LN.

Have your say

Mr Richard Nicholls. I have read all about the demise of the SLSAR that you founded and after your comments on here to people i can see why this venture of yours never succeeded. How can you as a director/manager/leader call people "sad cabbages" and comments about "brain cells"? I work for "MIND" , a mental health charity incase you do not know and am absolutely appalled at what you have written. We all have people we disagree with but for you to make these comments is unbelievable and not helpful. The stigma that some people with mental health problems live with on a daily basis is an uphill struggle. I have been looking into who you work for and have found that you have a rather impressive CV but are unfortunately not working. After reading your comments on here i can understand why companies would be reticent to employ you. I am also quite astounded that the Northwest evening mail chose to publicise your ill advised comments.

Posted by SHOCKED AND APPALLED on 30 March 2014 at 08:58

Also lets put things into perspective, while i am not a 100% lover of certain individuals at UIR, it cannot and should not be taken away from them what they do for the Community, without them this side of the bay would have a major problem ... thats a fact.
What is really sad here is the fact that Anon etc, dont seems to have a clue... do they actually have a brain cell .. or are they just sat at home eating burgers looking for some one else to have a go at... all very likely in my opinion... so go away get a life and understand sad individuals like you no one cares about or listens too... Total sad cabbages and by the way as you dont seem to have to guts to add your real name...shut up

Posted by Richard Nicholls on 14 February 2014 at 19:20

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