Morecambe’s RNLI Inshore lifeboat and rescue hovercraft launched after a request from the coastguard to go to the assistance of man on a jet ski which had suffered engine failure.
At 12.58 pm on Sunday 29th January 2017, the Coastguard tasked the Morecambe RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews to go to the assistance of a man whose jet ski suffered an engine failure whilst jet skiing in Morecambe Bay. The tide had turned and he was drifting out to sea.
Launching within minutes of the call, the inshore lifeboat and hovercraft proceeded toward the search area near Heysham power stations. The jet skier was quickly located about one and a half miles offshore. The jet ski was attached to the inshore lifeboat and then towed back to the lifeboat station slipway in Morecambe. The jet skier sat on the jet ski whilst it was being towed back to shore. He suffered no ill effects and was just happy to be rescued.
Morecambe RNLI Deputy Launching Authority, Nick Baxter, said: “The RLNI want people to enjoy the sea but they need to respect the water beforehand and this includes ensuring that all motorised craft are well maintained and fit for purpose. If you see someone in danger dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”