[M]orecambe’s RNLI inshore rescue hovercraft launched, after a report from a member of the public that a woman and child were stuck in mud.
At 1pm on Saturday 2 September 2017, Morecambe’s volunteer lifeboat crew were participating in the Vintage Weekend (displaying the inshore rescue hovercraft) when they were approached by a member of the public; who informed them that there was a woman and child stuck in the mud, West of the Stone Jetty, and shouting for help.
The hovercraft was quickly launched and proceeded to the casualty; who had managed to free herself from the mud but was tired and shaken by the experience. She and the young boy with her were taken aboard the hovercraft and transported back to the hovercraft station where they were able to clean off the mud and given drinks to revive them.
Morecambe RNLI volunteer Deputy Launching Authority, Colin Midwinter, said “Although the casualty was able to free herself, she and the young boy with her, were clearly shaken by the experience and we were able to assist their recovery so that they could continue to enjoy the Festival. The incident is a perfect example of how members of the public can make a difference and I personally thanked the gentleman who reported it to us. In different circumstances, his quick thinking could have averted a possible tragedy.”