Morecambe’s RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and Inshore Hovercraft were launched at 11:34am Wednesday 23rd of May after Liverpool Coastguard received an urgent 999 call from a member of the public.
Four persons fishing off the beach at Heysham power station were reported stranded after they had ventured out onto a sandbank to seek deeper water.
Morecambe’s RNLI Lifeboat and RNLI Hovercraft shortly arrived on scene to find three males on the bank who had swam their way to the power station outflow wall and waded their way to safety.
Morecambe’s RNLI Lifeboat Recovered one of fishermen’s rucksack which was found floating near Heysham Harbour entrance. The RNLI Lifeboat recovered the rucksack and reunited it to its owner.
Morecambe’s HM Coastguard Rescue Team located the four fishermen ashore and passed them onto awaiting paramedics.
Police, Fire and Ambulance Services were also on scene.
Steve Wilson, Morecambe Lifeboat Helmsman says “They were very lucky, when we came across the rucksack floating we thought the situation had changed. The tide creates fast flowing currents around that area and worsening visibility at times below 30 metres.
Michael Guy, Morecambe Lifeboat Operations Manager says ‘’The tide and Outlet Waters create dangers which are unseen like rip currents and debris, we would advise people to read safety notices placed around the area with information on tidal floods and dangers or contact the HM Coastguard for information”.