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Busy Weekend for Morecambe’s Volunteer RNLI Lifeboat Crews

Morecambe’s RNLI Inshore Lifeboat supported by Fleetwood’s All Weather Lifeboat

[M]orecambe’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew welcomed the public to their lifeboat station open day on Saturday, supported the Armed Forces day on Sunday and trained with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service on Monday.

On Saturday 24 June 2017 Morecambe’s RLNI held their annual open day, as well as demonstrating the rescue techniques and the work done by the volunteer members of the crew, there was various activities for children which were provided with free information and literature on sea and beach safety. The Morecambe crew were joined by Fleetwood’s All Weather Lifeboat.

On Sunday 25 June Morecambe’s lifeboat opened the rescue hovercraft station to members of the public in support of Morecambe’s Armed Forces day.

Morecambe’s RNLI Rescue Hovercraft crew train with Lancashire Fire and Rescue officers

Then on Monday evening 26 June the RNLI crews assisted in the making of a new safety film with fire officers from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, about the dangers associated with Morecambe Bay. Elle Dorrington, daughter of Crew Manager Matthew Dorrington, bravely volunteered to take part in the film by becoming stuck in the mud at the side of the Stone Jetty. Elle simulated raising the alarm by using her mobile phone. The Fire and Rescue Service quickly arrived and used an inflatable walkway and sand lance to rescue Elle. Once she was released from the mud she was transferred to the RNLI’s Rescue Hovercraft and taken to safe land.

Morecambe RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, Kevin Jackson said: ‘The emphasis of the Open Day was to give members of the local community and members of the public an opportunity to see for themselves how the money raised by their donations and fund raising efforts, has been spent on vital lifesaving equipment and training.

“On Monday evening this joint training session with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service was beneficial to both the RNLI and fire crews. This exchange of working practices will enhance the care of casualties at emergency situations and promote safety and the awareness of the dangers and hazards in Morecambe Bay.”

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