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RNLI lifeboat crew launch to intercept drifting boat

Morecambe RNLI inshore rescue

[M]orecambe’s RNLI inshore lifeboat launched, after a request from the Coastguard, to recover a boat drifting in Morecambe Bay.

At 9.50am on Sunday 6 August 1917, the Coastguard tasked the Morecambe RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to investigate a motor boat reported to be drifting on the incoming tide; creating a potential hazard to navigation. The RLNI inshore lifeboat launched and after intercepting and boarding the vessel, to confirm that there was no-one aboard, towed it to a secure mooring opposite Thornton Road until it can be collected by its owner.

Morecambe RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, Kevin Jackson, said: “The Coastguard have informed us that the boat was reported to be missing from its mooring at Roe Island, near Barrow, on Saturday evening.

“It would seem that it has gone out on last night’s tide and then come back into the Bay on the next one. There appears to be no damage to the craft and the owner is very fortunate to get it back in one piece. It was important that we recovered it as a boat adrift can potentially pose a serious threat to other vessels.”

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