David Forshaw (Lytham St Anne’s Lifeboat Press Officer) has shared the full details of Saturday’s crucial rescue of a woman who was stuck in the mud with the Spring tide rapidly flooding in.
‘The Volunteer Lifeboat Crew were paged at 8.02 p.m. on Saturday 24th April 2021 when a woman was reported stuck up to her thighs in the mud about 15 metres out from the end of Lytham jetty. The Spring tide was flooding in quickly and without urgent help the lady would have been under water before long. She had been with her dog which made its way back to the jetty. The Lytham Coastguard officer James Stannard had managed to walk across to contact the lady but the incoming tide was rapidly surrounding her.
The ILB left her boathouse behind the Land Rover to launch at Church Scar, opposite Fairlawn Road as the tide had not reached the jetty at that time so launching there was not an option. With Helmsman Rob Ansell in charge, the ILB was launched and quickly made her way upriver to the casualty who was by then waist deep in water with it rapidly reaching chest high. With the situation now critical with less than 10 minutes left before the tide would have reached her head, Volunteer crew members Will Bridge and Felix Lilleyman leapt into the water and reached the woman. Will supported and lifted her while Felix went down shoulder deep to get her trapped leg free. With great effort this was achieved and the lady was placed in the ILB to be taken to the end of the jetty which was by now surrounded by the flooding water.
Lytham Coastguard and the North West Ambulance Service were on hand there to take over care of the lady. It had been a close run thing but a successful outcome was achieved because of the speed, skill and determination to save her by the Sea Charity’s lifeboat crew.
The ILB returned to her boathouse at 8.40 pm via Church Scar to be refuelled, washed off and checked over before the Crew and Shore Crew could return to their “Saturday night” at 9.15pm.
Assistance was given by Lytham Coastguard and the Ambulance Service who looked after the casualty when the ILB brought her ashore. The Fire Brigade also attended with an inflatable walkway but were unable to help as the water surrounding the lady would not allow it to be deployed.’
The photograph courtesy of David Forshaw depicts the scene at the end of Lytham jetty as the ILB lands the lady into the care of Lytham Coastguard and Ambulance Paramedics.
Lytham St. Anne’s News shares its great thanks on behalf of the whole community for the first rate lifesaving work of the volunteers.