Skegness inshore lifeboat called at 5am

Saturday 16 July 2011

Author: Russell Matthews

Skegness inshore lifeboat called at 5am
Skegness RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) inshore lifeboat Peterborough Beer Festival IV was called upon at 5am this morning (Saturday) following a 999 call to Coastguards from a man saying he was stuck on a sand bank.

The lifeboat was tasked to a position off North Shore Road where the 26-year-old man was found near a groin, approximately 30 yards from the shoreline, barely knee-deep in water.

Having decided to go for a walk along the beach after a night out in the town, he found himself cut off by an incoming tide.

Inshore lifeboat helmsman Dean Sumner approached the man and was able to assist him back to the beach and into the safe hands of waiting Coastguards and paramedics.

Dean said: "The guy was very cold and a bit embarrassed about the fuss but very relieved and grateful to be back on dry land."

The call out comes as the RNLI urges beach-goers to stay safe when visiting the coast this summer.

In 2010, RNLI lifeguards responded to 16,664 incidents on some of the UK’s busiest beaches, while the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews launched to 1,324 beach-related incidents.


Free Beach Safety Guides

The RNLI has two beach safety guides available free-of-charge. The first, On The Beach, is aimed at families and is packed full of top tips on how to stay safe at the beach, as well as ideas for fun seaside games. The second, In The Surf, includes vital safety and kit information for popular surf sports. Both guides are available from beachsafety@rnli.org.uk or by calling 0800 328 0600. For more information visit www.rnli.org.uk/beachsafety.

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