Maryport Rescue was called upon twice today (10th January 2019) within 6 hours of each other to two different scenarios.
The first call for assistance came sounded around 0630hrs from Belfast Coastguard Operations Centre, following a request from Cumbria Police to assist in the search for a despondent Person who was believed to be in the Harbour Area of Maryport. The Team deployed from the station in their two emergency Landrovers to join the search along side colleagues from Maryport Coastguard Rescue Team and members of the Cumbria Police force. The search was underway when some thankful information was received outlining that the person had been found safe. The Team was stood down and was able to return to station to make ready for service before the crew was released back into their daily routine.
The Second call of the day, again at a request from Belfast Coastguard around 1330hrs, was to the activation of an EPIRB that was transmitting from the Harbour area. Again alongside of colleagues from Maryport Coastguard, the teams were quickly on station, where crew members prepared the ERB for launch to search from the water, and others made the land rovers ready for deployment. The incident was brought to a swift close when it was confirmed that the activation of the EPIRB was accidental.
A busy day for the team, however the volunteers at Maryport Rescue are all keen to be on hand for when the call for assistance is required.