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Launches 2021

Latest ILB Launch

17th Sept 2021

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Latest ALB Launch


30th July 2021



All Launches 2021

2021 Total Launches 44

2021 Total ILB Launches 34  

2021 Total ALB Launches 10

DATE               TIME    BOAT   TASK


01/01/2021       11:06    ILB       Person in the water at Knott End

06/01/2021       13:23    ILB       Persons cut off by incoming tide.

19/02/2021       19:41    ALB     Reports of drifting liferaft.

28/02/2021       02:37    ALB     Report of person in the water.

07/03/2021       15:52    ILB      Launch Cancelled.

18/03/2021       15:22    ILB      Towed in broken down Jet Ski.

22/03/2021       13:51    ILB       Launch Cancelled.

29/03/2021       14:49    ALB     Windsurfer in difficulties.

29/03/2021       14:49    ILB       Windsurfer in difficulties.

31/03/2021       14:03    ILB      Launch Cancelled.

01/04/2021       23:41    ILB      Jet Ski aground, towed back in.

16/04/2021      12:07    ILB      Person cut off by incoming tide.

18/04/2021       18:36   ALB      Launch Cancelled.

18:04/2021       21:05   ALB      Launch Cancelled.

12/05/2021      13:51    ILB       Towed yacht to place of safety.

13/05/2021                   ILB       Towed yacht to Knott End.

14/05/2021      10:58    ILB       Reports of person cut off by tide

14/05/2021      10:58    ALB      Reports of person cut off by tide.

15/05/2021      05:34    ILB       Rescued Person In The Water.

27/05/2021      15:33    ILB       Jet Ski aground at Knott End.

31/05/2021      13:28    ILB       Persons cut off by tide.

01/06/2021      14:02    ILB       Person cut off by tide.

05/06/2021      18:52    ILB       Persons cut off by tide.

10/06/2021       09:48   ILB       2 People & a dog cutoff by tide.

26/06/2021       23:35   ILB       Reports of distress flares.

03/07/2021       18:05   ILB       RIB with engine trouble.

10/07/2021       15:06   ILB       Yacht run aground on marine beach.

11/07/2021       09:55   ILB       Yacht run agroung on marine beach.

11/07/2021       10:30   ILB       Report of persons cut off by tide.

12/07/2021       14:54   ILB       Yacht broken down.

12/07/2021       15:18   ALB      Yacht broken down.

12/07/2021       22:53   ILB       Person in the water.

17/07/2021       16:01   ILB       Search for person in the water.

17/07/2021        20:11  ILB       Tasked to boat aground.

17/07/2021        20:20  ILB        Investigate object in the water.

18/07/2021       17:22   ILB        Launch Cancelled.

18/07/2021       17:28   ILB        Reports of person in the water.

25/07/2021       22:54   ILB        Person in the water.

25/07/2021       22:54   ALB      Person in the water.

30/07/2021       04:43   ALB      Person in the water at Blackpool.

02/08/2021       16:14   ILB       Reports of persons cut off by tide.

12/08/2021       11:39   ILB       Reports of persons cut off by tide.

22/08/2021       10:34  ALB       Boat broken mooring and drifting.

17/09/2021       06:24  ILB        Person in the water.

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1st April 2021 23:41

Our inshore lifeboat D-853 'Harbet' was out on service again, this time assisting the owners of a jet ski that had run aground earlier in the day. The high tide provided the opportunity for it to return to dry land, to assess the damage. With the tide running fast, it proved a more difficult job than at first imagined. But fortunately, all were safe in the end.

29th March 2021 14:49

On Monday 29th March 2021 With winds gusting at nearly 50 mph and with one of the highest tides of the year running at a strong six knots, a call out to a windsurfer near Glasson Dock was unexpected by the volunteers from Fleetwood RNLI.

At 14:49 both the inshore lifeboat D-853 'Harbet' and the all-weather Shannon class lifeboat 13-14 'Kenneth James Pierpoint', were launched, as the wind surfer’s reported position was expected to change dramatically given the conditions on the day.


The casualty was discovered clinging onto his surf board, several miles from the reported position, very cold, exhausted and relieved to see the inshore lifeboat heading towards him.


The man, a visitor to the area from Darwen in Lancashire, had been in the water for nearly an hour and was picked up by the inshore lifeboat, along with his equipment, before being transferred to the Shannon Class RNLI lifeboat for a more comfortable, warmer transfer to Fleetwood.


He received casualty care aboard the lifeboat before taking a hot shower and was given dry clothes at the lifeboat station. He was later collected by his friend and didn’t require hospital treatment.


Tony Cowell, Coxswain for Fleetwood RNLI said:


‘This was a very successful outcome and a life saved. The casualty was exhausted by the time we got to him and nowhere near the reported original position. We found him as quickly as we did, thanks to our colleagues at Holyhead Coastguard and our training to track the tidal flows and currents. He was a lucky man.’

 16th April 2021 12:07

Our inshore lifeboat D-853 'Harbet' was launched at 12:07 to rescue a lady and her two dogs from a sand bank after being cut off by the tide. All were returned ashore safe and well.

15th May 2021 05:34

Tasked to a  person in the water near Tigers tail. Our inshore lifeboat D-853 'Harbet' was launched at 05:34 to rescue a person in the water.

31st May 2021 13:28

A very busy day today across the Fylde Coast and the whole Northwest of England.

Holyhead Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre were inundated with emergency calls and fed them out one after another to Coastguard Rescue Teams, RNLI lifeboats and Beach Patrols.

We were involved this afternoon with 2 Coastguard officers wading out to a family group unknowingly cut off by the incoming tide at Fleetwood.

In a well-practiced and agreed rescue, our officers took the group to higher ground to wait for evacuation by Fleetwood D-Class lifeboat and Blackpool D-Class lifeboat. 

1st June 2021 14:02

Our inshore lifeboat D-853 'Harbet' was launched at 14:02 to rescue a person and a dogs after being cut off by the tide. All were returned ashore safe and well.

5th June 2021 18:52

Our inshore lifeboat D-853 'Harbet' was launched at 18:52 to rescue 2 people after being cut off by the tide. When the ILB arrived at the casualties both casualties was shoulder deep in water. All were returned ashore safe and well.

 10th June 2021 09:48

Our inshore lifeboat D-853 'Harbet' was launched at 09:48 to reports of 2 people and a dog cut off by the tide. When the ILB arrived the casualties had reached the shore safe and well.

26th June 2021 23:35

Our inshore lifeboat D-853 'Harbet' was launched at 23:34 to reports of several sightings of a distress flare in the area of Fleetwood Marina. After a lengthy search with nothing found, Holyhead Coastguard was happy for us to stand down & return to station.

 3rd July 2021 18:05

ILB D-853 'Harbet' was launched at 18:05 to assist a RIB with 4 persons onboard the RIB was having engine trouble near Wyre Lighthouse, the RIB was towed back to Knott End slipway and handed over to Knott End Coastguard.

 12th July 2021 22:53

HM Coastguard Fleetwood was paged at 22:47 to a male in the water at Marine Beach Fleetwood followed by Fleetwood RNLI at 22:53 to launch ILB D-853 'Harbet'.

Emergency operators received a call from a man in difficulty surrounded by water and requested Coastguard assistance. The operator could hear water and the man was distressed.

The two officers from HM Coastguard Fleetwood arrived on scene at the Marine Hall and could hear shouts for help. 2 members of the public reported having seen a light out on the banks and gave an approximate direction. With the tide flooding the banks but not enough for the ILB to get in close two Coastguard officers headed out towards a feint glow of a mobile phone out by the first gulley. As they arrived, the man was around 30 metres out sat in the first gulley. The Coastguard officers managed to get hold of him and talk to the emergency operator on the phone to confirm he was in safe hands.

The man was then brought ashore and handed over to Fleetwood Area Police and North West Ambulance Service.


12th July 2021 14:53 & 15:18

ILB D-853 'Harbet' & ALB RNLB 'Kenneth James Pierpoint' launched to a yacht broken down near Haysham No.1 Buoy, the ALB towed the yacht back to Fleetwood.

10th July 2021 15:06

ILB D-853 'Harbet' launced to reports of a yacht aground on the Marine beach, when the ILB arrived the yacht was hard aground and unable to refloat on the ebbing tide, the lifeboat crew made sure the crew of the yacht was safe and then returned to station.

11th July 2021 09:55

ILB D-853 'Harbet' launched to stand by the yacht that ran aground the day before while she refloated, the yacht refloated with no problems and the ILB headed back to station.

11th July 2021 10:30

Whilst D-853 'Harbet' was returning to station Holy Head Coastguard diverted the ILB to investigate reports of people cut off by the incoming tide, when the ILB arrived the people had made it safely ashore and the ILB returned to station.

Please note in most cases due to R.N.L.I. operational procedures and guidelines this page is updated 24 hours after the latest launch. Updates on the Information about the latest callouts can sometimes be upto 48 hours after the callout due to the nature of the callout.


17th July 2021 16:01

At 15:30 Holyhead Coastguard received a call that a person had entered the water and disappeared at Rossall beach 5 minutes earlier. HM Coastguard from Fleetwood was tasked immediately arriving on scene a few moments later, Blackpool Lifeboat D-732 was just returning to station from a previous call out and was re-tasked to Rossall along with B-867 and D-729 to start searching for the missing person, Fleetwood RNLI was paged at 16:01, D-853 Harbet launched to assist in the search along with Coastguard rescue helicopter Rescue 936 and the Police Air Service helicopter. D-853 returned to station at 19:15 to re-fuel and launched again shortly after to continue the search until 20:10 when all lifeboats were stood down. Coastguard rescue helicopter Rescue 936 was diverted to Barrow to assist Barrow Lifeboat 16-08 and D-733 in a search for a missing swimmer who was found safe and well shortly after. As the Fleetwood Lifeboat crew was returning to station at 20:11 Holyhead Coastguard tasked the Lifeboat to investigate a small boat aground just off Anchorsholme, whilst on route the D-853 was stood down at 20:20 and re-tasked to an object in the water off Larkholme, with no cause for concern found the D-853 returned to station at 21:04.

18th July 2021 17:28

D-853 'Harbet' launched with a crew of 3 at 17:28 to investigate reports of a person in the water, the lifeboat carried out a search of the area untill 19:00 when the lifeboat was stood down by Holyhead Coastguard.

25th July 2021 22:54

Both lifeboats launched at 22:54 after a member of the public reported hearing calls for help coming from the channel close to the Lifeboat station. After a search of the area with the help of Fleetwood Coastguard the crew of the ILB D-853 'Harbet' found the casulty in the water with the water almost upto his neck close to Knott  End slipway, the casulty was taken in to the ILB and brought ashore at Fleetwood and handed over to the Fleetwood Coastguard team and Northwest Ambulance service.

30th July 2021 04:43

At 04:20 Holyhead Coastguard received reports of a person in difficulty in the sea at Blackpool North Pier. Blackpool RNLI launched both ILBs at 04:26, HM Coastguard Fleetwood, HM Coastguard Lytham and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 936 joined the search. 20 minutes later Holyhead Coastguard requested that the Fleetwood ALB to assist with the search, The Fleetwood Shannon ALB RNLB Kenneth James Pierpoint launched at 04:43 to join the search, whilst en route to a person was recovered from the sea by one of the Blackpool ILBs and received emergency first aid while being transferred ashore to a waiting Northwest Ambulance for transfer to Hospital.

12th Aug 2021 11:39

ILB Tasked to reports of people in danger of being cutoff by the tide.

ILB D-853 'Harbet' launched at 11:39 with 3 crew members onboard, whilst en route the people in danger had made it safely ashore and the ILB was stood down and returned to station.

2nd Aug 2021 16:14

ILB Tasked to reports of people in danger of being cutoff by the tide when the ILB arrived the people had made it safely ashore.

22nd Aug 2021 10:34

ALB Tasked to reports of a boat drifting in the river.

ALB 13-14 'Kenneth James Pierpoint' launched at 10:34 with 5 crew members onboard. The ALB made way to the Knott End ferry that had hold of the fishing boat, the fishing had broken its mooring and was drifting, the ALB took the fishing boat under tow and towed the fishing boat to the Jubilee Quay, The ALB arrived back at the Station at 11:46 

17th Sept 2021 06:24

ILB Tasked to reports of a person in the water, the casualty was recovered from the water and returned to the Lifeboat station and handed over to an awaiting ambulance.