News : Southport Lifeboat in double call out
The Southport Lifeboat crew received two call outs last night, Monday 8th July.
The initial pager call came from Liverpool Coastguard at 22.15 to reports of two people being cut off by the tide by Southport Pier.
With the tide flooding in fast the Southport Lifeboat was dispatched at 22.30 and the crew spotted the casualties whilst on itís way to the launch site.
They had been in the pier channel with water rising up to their shoulders, but had managed to make their way back towards land and were exiting the water when the lifeboat arrived.
The crew checked the pair over whilst transporting them back to their car.
The couple, from Preston, were unharmed and returned home safely.
No sooner had the crew washed down the lifeboat they were tasked again to a transit van in the tide at Ainsdale.
The lifeboat quad bikes were tasked to check that there was nobody in the vehicle, which was up to its rear axle in sand half a mile out from Shore Road.
The vehicle was marooned on a sand bank with the occupiers, from Southport, trying to free it.
The quad crew, and some other lifeboat crew who had arrived by car, attempted to push the vehicle free.
Southport Coastguard called an ambulance as the owner of the vanís daughter began suffering from a suspected asthma attack.
Attempts to free the vehicle were unsuccessful and the recovery attempts had to be abandoned as the tide claimed the van.