Category Archives: Lifeboat / Search & Rescue

Two People Die Off The Kent Coast As Storm Dennis Batters Much Of The UK With 70MPH Winds

Two people have died in heavy seas off the Kent coast in two separate incidents which happened just a few miles apart.  At around 12.15 pm today (Saturday 15th Feb) Kent Police received a call to reports of a man being pulled from the sea at Herne Bay, near Margate.  Response team officers arrived on the scene along with their

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Mum And Five-Year-Old Daughter Rescued From Quicksand

A woman and her five-year-old daughter have had a lucky escape after being rescued from quicksand during a fast-moving incoming tide at Blue Anchor Beach on 8th February. The rescue was conducted by coastguard rescue teams along with coastguard rescue helicopter callsign Rescue 187. At around 2.10 pm on Saturday 8th February, the woman called 999 and asked for the

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Coastguard Releases Statement Following Disappearance Of Aircraft

HM Coastguard has released a statement following the disappearance of a light aircraft that was reported yesterday in the vicinity of Puffin Island off of the Welsh coast.  A spokesperson for the Agency said: ‘The search for a light aircraft with one person on board that went missing near Puffin Island, Anglesey, has been suspended for the night. ‘HM Coastguard

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WATCH: Two People Rescued After Vessel Sinks Off Cornish Coast

Falmouth coastguard received a radio mayday broadcast at 5.18 am on Monday 18th November from two people on board a 70-feet yacht. The crew reported that the vessel was 21 nautical miles north of the Isles of Scilly and the on-board electrics and pump had failed due to the incoming water. The failure of the pump meant that the crew

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Chiswick RNLI Helmsman’s Lifesaving Skills Save His Dog

While walking his dog Chiswick lifeboat Helmsman Mark Turrell’s labrador Hugo, choked on a ball and his heart stopped. Mark said:  ‘Hugo’s eyes rolled back, and he went completely limp in my arms.  ‘He wasn’t breathing, I knew he was dead, but I had to do something.  ‘Suddenly his muscles relaxed so I could remove the ball from his mouth. 

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Calling All 999 Call Handlers (Past and Present)

Are you a call handler for the Police, Ambulance, Fire & Rescue Service or Coastguard? Or were you once-upon-a-time an emergency services call handler? Emma Jones, a Producer from a TV Company called Electric Ray, is looking to speak to as many people as possible to try to fully understand the role of a call handler and the process a

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RNLI Statement Regarding Donations Being Spent Overseas: ‘There Has Been No Sleight Of Hand’.

The RNLI has been forced to defend their lifesaving overseas work after some sections of the mainstream media criticised the life-saving charity. Over the weekend, both the Mail Online and The Times published articles that criticised the charity for its overseas work, at a time when UK-based salaried staff are facing job cuts.  The headline published by the Daily Mail

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RNLI Announces 135 Job Cuts In Bid To Save Money

The RNLI has confirmed that it intends to reduce its paid workforce by up to 135 positions as it tries to find ways of saving money.  The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government

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RNLI Lifeguard Unit Broken Into THREE Times Over Two Weekends

The RNLI has confirmed that its lifeguard unit at Boobys beach, near Padstow, has been broken into on multiple occasions recently, some which have involved the theft of donations to the RNLI.  The first break-in occurred during the night on Saturday 10 August, but those involved in this incident have already been identified and dealt with by the police. The

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Police Appeal For Information After Quad Bike Is Stolen From RNLI Lifeguard Station

Cleveland Police are appealing for information following a burglary at the RNLI lifeguard station in Saltburn. The incident occurred between the hours of 6 pm on Monday 19th and 9:15 am this morning (Tuesday 20th). A red RNLI 4×4 quad bike and two ten litre fuel cans were stolen. A post shared on the Staithes & Runswick RNLI Facebook Page said:

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