[M]orecambe’s RNLI volunteer inshore rescue hovercraft crew were diverted from a training exercise, after a request from the coastguard, to go to the assistance of a man who had reported missing in Morecambe Bay.
At 9am on Saturday 03 September 2016, during a training exercise in Morecambe Bay, Morecambe RNLI’s volunteer inshore rescue hovercraft crew were tasked to assist Morecambe coastguard and the police to search for a man, aged about 60 years of age, who was reported walking in the bay out towards the sea. An intensive search was carried out by the rescue hovercraft crew from the stone jetty to Throbshore Point, Heysham.
At about 12pm the coastguard and police made the decision to end the search and as a result the volunteer RNLI crew was stood down.
Morecambe RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, Kevin Jackson, said: “Although this was a false alarm it is better to be safe than sorry.
“Morecambe’s volunteer lifeboat crews will assist the emergency services anytime and anyplace. We would encourage anybody who genuinely believes that someone is at risk, to report it.”