Southport Lifeboat and HM Coastguard in Southport worked together to save a missing woman on Southport Beach last night.
Lifeboat volunteers were called out at 10.44pm last night (Monday 19 April) to help search for her.
A Southport Lifeboat spokesperson said: “The Southport Quad and UAS (drone) team were tasked to help the Coastguard and Merseyside Police locate a missing female to the North West of Southport Pier.
“The quads searched the North side of the Pier Channel, whilst Coastguard teams from Southport and Crosby searched the South side by foot.
“The UAS team used the thermal imaging camera and were able to locate the casualty on the beach near to Fairway roundabout and guide the Coastguard teams to her location.
“Well done to all units involved.”
Earlier this month, Southport Lifeboat launched a new tidal safety campaign – #ItsBehindYou – to remind beach visitors of the need to be on the lookout for tides when enjoying beaches at Southport, Ainsdale, Formby and Crosby.
Lifeboat volunteers were called upon countless times during last year’s busy summer season to rescue cut-off beachgoers.
In anticipation of another busy spring and summer, the safety campaign has been instigated to ensure everyone knows about the dangers of becoming cut-off by the incoming tide.
Banners with a special QR code have been placed along the Ainsdale and Southport coastline. When scanned, the code takes the beach user to Southport Lifeboat’s website which contains the day’s tidal information, information on the #ItsBehindYou campaign, along with further coastal safety advice.
It costs £60,000 to keep Southport Lifeboat functioning all year round. That is no mean task during ordinary times, let alone the extraordinary times we currently find ourselves in.
Southport Lifeboat is funded entirely through public donations, and is independent of the RNLI.
There are other ways you can help the charity continue to save lives, including joining LifeboatLotto or online donations.
For more details about the emergency service, or if you would like to donate, please visit their website: