Skegness RNLI lifeboats called to search for late night swimmer

Monday 15 September 2014

Author: Russell Matthews

Both Skegness RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) lifeboats were called out late on Saturday night following reports that a missing person had entered the water at Ingoldmells.

The townís inshore lifeboat (relief* D class lifeboat Norma and Bill Burleigh) was requested to launch at 11:40pm on Saturday night when an adult male, believed to be under the influence of alcohol, was seen entering the water at Ingoldmells Point.

All-weather lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher was also requested shortly afterwards, and launched just after midnight.

The two lifeboats searched along the shoreline between Ingoldmells Point and Chapel St Leonards for nearly an hour before being stood down by Humber Coastguard when the man was found safe ashore in a nearby campsite by Lincolnshire Police.

Respect the Water

Throughout the summer, the RNLIís Respect the Water campaign has been promoting coastal safety and warning that alcohol is a contributing factor in around one-fifth of coastal deaths.

The message is clear: Alcohol impairs your judgement, reactions and ability to swim. Never go in the water after drinking.

Last year, 167 people died at the coast. The RNLI is aiming to halve accidental UK coastal deaths by 2024.

For further information on the Respect the Water campaign, please visit



* The relief D class lifeboat Norma and Bill Burleigh is on station at Skegness temporarily while Peterborough Beer Festival IV undergoes maintenance at the RNLIís Inshore Lifeboat Centre in Cowes, Isle of Wight.

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