The busiest weekend ever for the Coast Guard amid missing children and unconscious people

With reports of a dead porpoise, missing children and caring for unconscious victims, Fleetwood Coastguard Rescue had its “busiest weekend ever”.

At around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday July 18, the team was called in to investigate an object in the water near Norbreck Beach.

Upon inspection, it turned out to be a dead porpoise. A porpoise is an aquatic marine mammal, similar in appearance to a dolphin.

Later that afternoon, around 1 p.m., the team received various other reports.

Reports included the disappearance of a five-year-old child, the provision of medical treatment to an unconscious victim and the rescue of several groups of people.

The team worked alongside other emergency services including Lancashire Police and the North West Ambulance Service.

A spokesperson for Fleetwood Coastguard said: “It has been the busiest weekend ever for our local Coast Guard Rescue Team.

“On Sunday at 6:30 am, the team was tasked with investigating an object in the water near Norbreck Beach, it was a dead porpoise.

“It wasn’t until 12:55 p.m. that the next page arrived that it really started!

“From the disappearance of five-year-old children, one person with possible back injuries, another person with possible hip injuries, providing advanced medical treatment to an unconscious victim as well as rescuing several groups of people to be cut off.

“We and the Knott-End Coast Guard Rescue Team jumped from Blackpool to Fleetwood and back again.

“Using five rescue vehicles and up to twenty Coast Guard Rescue Officers and our Area 15 Commander, we worked alongside other 999 services providing advanced medical assistance and rescue services. to people in danger and distress along our coastline.

“We would also like to thank our Knott End flank team.

“It was great to work closely with you and show what happens when training is consistent across the Coast Guard.

“Both teams worked effortlessly and supported each other through an extremely busy weekend, mostly with positive results. Unfortunately, however, there was a sad and tragic conclusion to one of our incidents. .

“Sunday ended at 7:00 PM on Fleetwood Beach after we stopped looking for an open water (ocean) swimmer and found nothing.

“We have said our farewells to the Knott End Coast Guard team, we will definitely be working with you again very soon.

“Throughout the weekend, we worked alongside a number of other emergency and support services …

“According to our ‘Fleetwood Alpha’ Station Officer, it was possibly the busiest weekend he has ever seen in his long and substantial time with the Fleetwood Coast Guard Rescue Team.

As always, our volunteers are only a pager alert to assist those in need, in distress or in need of assistance along our beaches and the coastline of Morecambe Bay and the Fylde Coast. . “

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