Skegness RNLI inshore lifeboat called for first time in 2011
Wednesday 19 January 2011
Author: Russell Matthews
The lifeboat was requested just before 11pm following a report from the police of a 'vulnerable' man in his thirties thought to be at risk of entering the sea near Skegness Pier.
Yarmouth coastguard tasked the lifeboat to patrol the shoreline to the north and south of the pier while local coastguards and police attempted to locate the man ashore.
Helmsman Joe Pieniak said that although no-one was confirmed to be in the water, the lifeboat would have been there to quickly assist if someone was to attempt it.
He said: 'The sea is extremely cold this time of year. Anyone entering the water would very quickly be at risk of suffering from the effects of the cold. We were there to help if it was needed.'
The man was eventually found safe ashore by police just before midnight and the lifeboat returned to station to be re-fuelled and cleaned.
RNLI SOS Day
The 'shout' was the first of 2011 for Skegness lifeboats, and comes just 10 days before RNLI SOS Day when the crew will be joining in the national fundraising efforts for the charity with a car wash event outside the lifeboat station.
The crew will be ready to wash cars and serve soup, tea and coffee from 9am to 5pm on Friday 28 January for a life-saving donation of just £5.