16th May 2016 – RNLI Fleetwood Lifeboat volunteer rescues child
Another multi-agency rescue in Fleetwood culminated in an 8 year old child, being dramatically saved, by the Captain of the ‘Wyre Rose’, the Fleetwood to Knott End ferry, which almost certainly saved his life.
The incident happened after a jet ski, with the father and his two sons on board,were thrown into the River Wyre, near Knott End. The father and youngest child, made their own way to shore, but the elder child drifted on the river current and outgoing tide.
Tony Cowell, 2nd Coxswain with Fleetwood RNLI and Captain of the ‘Wyre Rose’, saw the incident unfold in front of him and rushed to the youngster’s aid. He pulled the child out of the river to safety and returned him to shore, to be reunited with his father and brother.
In the meantime, the jet ski continued out to sea, along the Wyre channel and volunteers of National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) at Rossall Point, reported the unmanned vessel to HM Coastguard. Fleetwood RNLI launched the inshore lifeboat (ILB), Mary Elizabeth Barnes. The volunteer crew from Fleetwood Lifeboat were directed to the jet ski, by the NCI volunteers, which by now, was up near Wyre Lightand it was returned to Knott End.
The children and father, from Manchester, were unharmed, but obviously shaken by the incident.
Tony Cowell, who had just returned from a week’s training for the new Shannon class lifeboat, at RNLI Headquarters in Poole, said, ‘ The family were having fun on their jet ski, but had failed to use the ‘kill cord’, which cuts the engine in the event of falling from the vessel. We advise all owners of speed boats and jet skis, to use their ‘kill cords’ if they are fitted. This could have ended tragically and had the engine cut out, they would have had the vessel to cling on to, until help arrived.’ The photograph shows ‘Wyre Rose’ on rescue mission – Credit: Fleetwood Coastguard.