RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

04/11/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/11/2019 14:47

Morecambe’s lifeboat crew in rescue of stranded porpoise

At 3.12pm on Thursday 11 April 2019, Morecambe RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked to proceed to Humphrey Head, where a porpoise was reported to have become stranded.

Coastguards were concerned that a number of people who had walked out to assist the animal were in danger of being cut off by the incoming tide.

As there was no indication of the numbers involved, both the inshore lifeboat and inshore rescue hovercraft were launched. Arriving on scene they found that in fact three porpoises had become stranded; two of which had unfortunately died. The RNLI volunteers then assisted local coastguard teams and a volunteer from British Marine Life Rescue to lift the remaining porpoise into the hovercraft. The stricken animal was then transported further out into the Bay, where it was released and kept under observation until it had safely swum away into open water.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridgeand Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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