Maryport Inshore Rescue

Registered Charity Number: 1113807

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About Maryport Inshore Rescue

Maryport Inshore Rescue is an Independent Lifeboat which is not part of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RLNI) Rescue Service to the Solway Firth and surrounding areas.  We work closely with the RNLI and all the other emergency services. The crew is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, in all-weather to answer calls from H.M. Coastguard, Police, Fire and Rescue Service and the general public. We are an entirely self-funded not for profit service, with no formal links or partnerships with other organisations.  All our crew are volunteers trained to national and international standards who selflessly work hard to provide this vital service in a coastal community. Our boat house is a newly built operating base, and purpose built for Maryport Rescue to aid us in all of the vital lifesaving service we provide. The station was opened in June 2014 by Sir Tony Cunningham. The new base has over 3 times the floor space and helps us to respond to call outs much faster. We have 3 vehicles and two boats in our rescue service. One Ford launch vehicle for the launch of the ILB. Two Landover’s (one of which was kindly donated by Cockermouth mountain rescue) for transporting casualties, crew and other emergency services as well as our ERB. The Emergency rescue boat (ERB) is an inflatable Zodiac boat with a 40Hp engine for use in flood waters, rivers and close shoreline work.

 

E-ON Spirit of Maryport our Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was received on station in May 2008. She is a 9mtr RIB (Ridged Inflatable Boat) with twin 175Hp (350Hp) engines built for offshore work with a larger operational area. With the change and development in the requirements for rescue services in 2009 Maryport Rescue started a SWT (Swift Water Technician) team specialising in rescues form fast moving and inland waters. This in recent years has proven to be a pivotal service which we provide as we carry out searches and rescues such as the Cockermouth floods in 2009. We rely entirely on kind donations from members of the public and businesses to stay afloat.  We have been established now for over 35 years and have rescued many people throughout that time. We would like to say thank you to all who have donated and supported us over the years and helped keep this service operational. Our Lifeboat, Vehicles, Pagers and Station costs are around £20,000 per year... every year.  Not to mention the additional costs for training, equipment & fuel etc.

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The History of Maryport Rescue

Maryport Lifeboat opened the doors to the RNLI station in 1865 built on the southern side of the harbour, the site of our brand new station today. Over the next 85 years five life boats saw active service in the port. 1865 saw the launch of Maryport's first lifeboat the Henry Nixson, A "pulling-sailing" boat powered by oars and sails, paid for by Henry Nixson of Manchester and served for 21 years until 1886. 1886 saw the launch of first of the two civil service no5 lifeboats to operate from the Maryport RNLI station a crowd of around 7000 attended the launch of the £296 vessel, serving for 19 years before being replaced in 1905 at a cost of £1011, the second civil service no5 served for 26years. Both boats were paid for by the civil service lifeboat fund.Maryports first motorised lifeboat the Priscilla Macbean was launched in 1931. Paid for by Mr. E Macbean and named in memory of his wife, she served for three years.

         

1934 saw the launch of Maryports last RNLI lifeboat the Joseph Braithwaite on September 27th, The boat was paid for out of the legacy of Joseph Braithwite who had been born in Wigton. She served until 1949 when the station sadly closed its doors. Almost 100 call outs were attended and 150 lives saved. After a distinguished service, with one silver and two bronze medals the station was closed in 1949 due to a build up of silt in the harbour preventing the launch of the lifeboat, no sea based rescue service existed out of Maryport for the following 30 years. The Present independent lifeboat service was founded in 1978 by six local men in response

to an accident at sea which sadly cost the lives of three members of the towns community from a fishing boat The Ospray.    Since then the station has had five rib (rigid inflatable boat) lifeboats, The current boat E-ON Sprit of Maryport has been on station for six years. The current boat has a crew of over twenty volunteers.

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Henry Nixson 1865

Civil Service no5 1886

Priscilla Macbean 1931

Meet The Maryport Rescue Members

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George Farish – Chairman, [Director]

Powerboat Level 2, Defib, First Aid, VHF GMDSS, 4x4, Emergency Reponse Driver (Blue Light), Sea Survival, Swift Water Rescue Technician.

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Michael Messenger - Station Officer, [Director]

Powerboat Level 2, Advanced Power boat, Defib, First Aid, Radar, VHF GMDSS, Swift Water Rescue Technician, 4x4, Emergency Reponse Driver (Blue Light), Sea Survival.

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Mark Norman - Deputy Station Officer, [Director]

Level 2, Advanced, Defib, First Aid, PPR, Radar, Swift Water Rescue Technician, 4x4, Emergency Reponse Driver (Blue Light), Sea Survival.

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Tracy Routledge, - Secretary, [Director]

Powerboat Level 2, Defib, First Aid, VHF GMDSS, 4x4, Emergency Reponse Driver (Blue Light), Sea Survival, Swift Water Rescue Technician.

Chris Egan – Treasurer, [Director]

Powerboat level 2, Defib, First Aid, PPR, VHF GMDSS,4x4, Emergency Reponse Driver (Blue Light), Sea Survival.

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Gary Hampson - Training Officer, [Director]

Powerboat Level 2, Advanced, Defib, First Aid, PPR, Radar, VHF GMDSS, Swift Water Rescue Technician, Emergency Reponse Driver (Blue Light), Sea Survival.

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David Topliss – Swift Water Training Officer

Powerboat Level 2, VHF GMDSS, 4x4, Emergency Reponse Driver (Blue Light), Sea Survival, Swift Water Rescue Technician.

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Michael Taylor – Active Crew

Powerboat Level 2, PPR, Radar, VHF GMDSS, Swift Water Rescue Technician, 4x4, Emergency Reponse Driver (Blue Light), Sea Survival.

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Daniel Brannon – Active Crew

Powerboat Level 2, Defib, First Aid, VHF GMDSS, Swift Water Rescue Technician, Sea Survival, Radar.

marc gibson

Marc Gibson – Active Crew

Powerboat Level 2, PPR, VHF GMDSS, Swift Water Rescue Technician, Sea Survival.

paul gibson

Paul Gibson – Active Crew

Powerboat Level 2, Defib, First Aid, VHF GMDSS, Swift Water Rescue Technician, Sea Survival.

mike shing

Michael Shing – Active Crew

Defib, First Aid, VHF GMDSS, Emergency Reponse Driver (Blue Light), Sea survival.

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Nicholas Hayton – Active Crew

Defib, First Aid, Radar, VHF GMDSS, Sea Survival, Swift Water Rescue Technician.

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Anthony Graham – Active Crew

Powerboat Level 2, PPR, VHF GMDSS, Swift Water Rescue Technician, Sea Survival.

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David Ghilespy – Active Crew

Powerboat Level 2, Sea Survival, Swift Water Rescue Technician.

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Jonathan Mckinney – Active Crew

VHF GMDSS, Sea Survival.

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