Stranded tourist is rescued
AMAN had to be rescued by lifeboat after he attempted to walk from Southport to Blackpool.
The man, who is believed to have been holidaying in the town, found himself trapped in the main channel of the Ribble on Sunday.
As the tide turned and was quickly flooding the estuary, the man scrambled up a tall, wooden navigation aid, where he was comparatively safer, though the tide was rapidly rising.
The coastguard requested the Lytham St Annes D class Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) MOAM to launch and rescue him from his position and bring him across to Lytham.
The ILB was taken to Seafield slipway and launched under the command of Helmsman Vinny Pedley.
He said: ““It was a short service but necessary.
“The water kept rising and the man could easily have succumbed to exposure if left throughout the night until the next low tide released him.”
Extricating the man from his lofty perch, the ILB brought him across the river, returning to Seafield Road slipway.
The RNLI volunteers passed him into the care of Lytham St Annes Coastguard Team who made sure he was fit and capable to continue his journey to Blackpool unaided.