Stranded tourist is res­cued

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY KATE LALLY kate.lally@trin­i­tymir­ @kate­lal­lyx

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.

A man had to be res­cued by lifeboat, af­ter try­ing to walk from South­port to Black­pool

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