Coastguard

The lifeboat put on standby to assist the coastguard during the Weston-super-Mare beach incident

The Weston-super-Mare RNLI team were put on ‘immediate readiness’ on Sunday morning (May 15) at the request of HM Coastguard during an incident on Weston Beach. Among the emergency services present were the police, the coastguard rescue team, the Weston Seafront Rangers and the fire brigade hovercraft.

Bringing up a lifeboat in “immediate readiness” means that a mission request is received from the coast guard and accepted, so that the lifeboat is “ready to go”. Lifeboat volunteers will put on appropriate clothing and bring the lifeboat close to the launch position.

This task is used in a so-called ‘fluid situation’, where a lifeboat is not immediately required on the water, but may be needed if a situation worsens, so it must be ready to enter in the water at all times when permitted to cast.

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Eventually, after around 30 minutes of immediate preparation, the RNLI team was withdrawn after the incident was dealt with by the emergency services at the scene. No other information about the incident has been released at this time.

This is the 11th time the lifeboat has been called ready for launch in 2022 so far, with the summer months typically being busier for the team.

A statement released by Weston RNLI read: “Weston RNLI volunteers were asked to bring the Class D lifeboat to immediate readiness at 09.00 today at the request of HM Coastguard.

“The crew have been asked to stand by to assist with an incident on Weston Beach involving the Police, Weston-Super-Mare Coastguard Rescue Team, Weston Seafront Rangers and Hovercraft firefighters.

“Bringing a lifeboat to ‘immediate readiness’ means that a mission request is received from the Coast Guard and accepted, for the lifeboat to be ‘ready to go’. The lifeboat volunteers change in their PPE and move the lifeboat to a position near the designated launch point, then stand by until instructed to take off.

“In this situation, after waiting approximately 30 minutes on the low water launch lane at Marine Lake causeway, the situation was safely resolved by the emergency services on site and the RNLI crew been removed by the Coast Guard to return to the station.

“Remember, if you see anyone in danger on the coast, call 999 and ask for the coast guard.”

The Coast Guard has been approached for comment.

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