Lifeboat crews saved the life of a woman in distress after she was seen walking out to sea yesterday evening.
The volunteer crew from Southport Offshore Rescue Trust were called out to rescue the female, who was described as ‘despondent’ and last seen walking towards the dangerous.
Specially trained crews quickly located the woman after a few minutes of desperate searching and immediately began attempting to calm the woman down.
She was taken back to the Southport Lifeboat station before being passed to medical personnel.
A spokesperson for the lifeboat said “Our quads and D-Class lifeboat were requested for an immediate launch following reports of a despondent female entering the water at Southport.
Our quads left the station and began searching the beach while the D-Class made way to its launch site.
“Because it was approaching low tide, the quads had a vast area of beach to search, but after a few minutes located the female some 500m from the end of the pier walking through the channels, heading seaward.
“After several minutes of negotiations, the casualty was taken back to the shore on board the D-Class, which had cancelled its launch to instead assist at the casualty’s location.
“The female was taken to the lifeboat station where she was assisted by police and ambulance personnel.
“Our units were stood down and were made ready for service once again.”