Fleetwood Coastguard went to the aid of a vessel on Saturday after it was found grounded a mile from shore


Rescue crews were called out to Fleetwood in Lancashire on Saturday afternoon when a boat was found grounded a mile from shore.

The local coastguard team was alerted to the vessel following reports from Rossall Point Observation Tower.

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It’s been suggested that the boat may have grounded after attempting to travel across a local sandbar while the tide was going out, rather than going round Wyre Light, an iron lighthouse marking the navigation channel to Fleetwood.

Crews from HM Coastguard Fleetwood quickly attended the scene to ensure that those on board were safe and to discuss how to get the vessel afloat.

Boat grounded at Fleetwood

Credit: HM Coastguard Fleetwood

After talking with the owner, it was decided to wait until the next tide came in to refloat the pleasure craft, before towing it to safety.

A HM Coastguard Fleetwood spokesperson said: “At around 20:45, with Fleetwood CG providing a safety watch, the craft successfully refloated and was towed ashore by the RNLI Fleetwood team into the care of the coastguard team at Knott End.”

“Once again a successful conclusion with thanks to all concerned. Remember stay safe at sea, use life jackets and take a VHF radio.”