Blackpool Lifeboat Station
Debbie and Ian Hale were enjoying a day at the beach when the personal watercraft they were riding collided with North Pier.
One of RNLI Blackpool’s D class lifeboats launched and found the husband and wife in the water. Helm Colin Lowe and the rest of the volunteer lifeboat crew started emergency first aid immediately. Sadly, despite the best efforts of the crew, Ian died a short time later. Fortunately, Debbie responded to treatment and made a full recovery from her injuries. She’s now a regular visitor to the lifeboat station.
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‘Debbie’s rescue is one that has stayed with me over the years. Meeting survivors like her really does make it all worthwhile.’
– RNLI Helm Colin Lowe