Duddon Inshore Rescue News

All the latest news and pictures from Duddon Inshore Rescue

Shifting Sands and Night Training

One of the reasons the sands in our local area are so dangerous is the fact that the channels and sands shift and change. This ever changing environment can catch people unaware and lead to dangerous situations.

The photo below shows a deep channel that’s moving closer to Askam Pier.

The photo below shows the drop off into a channel, again highlighting how dangerous the channels and sand banks are.

If you’re heading onto the sands ensure you’ve checked the tide times and also looked to see where channels are and how the sands have changed.

We’ve also been out on the quads and the boat completing some night training this week.

October 24th 2015

October Open Day

On Sunday 18th October we held an open day so members of the public could pop in and learn a little more about who we are and what we do. The Open Day was to help celebrate 45 years of Duddon Inshore Rescue.

After a number of weeks of preparation including giving the boat house floor a new lick of paint we opened our doors at 11am.

With activity books for children, a raffle, historical photos and our equipment on display we hope that everyone who attended had a good time.

A number of visitors commented that they had passed the building on lots of occasions but that they had never actually been in and found it especially interesting going into the lookout tower.

Some of the younger visitors got to try out practical first aid as well as seeing what it felt like to try on some of our equipment.

A big thank you to all who attended and we hope to see you all again soon.

October 24th 2015

Exciting News.....

Last week we took delivery of our new trailer and tonight it was used to launch our boat for the first time.


With a full compliment of crew members we all got to try out launching the boat from the trailer and, equally as important, getting the boat back onto it from the sea.


This trailer differs from the old trailer as the boat launches forward and has to be reversed back onto the trailer for recovery. With the keel lower than the side plates, which have rollers built in, it doesn’t take much water and launch is achieved, so recovery manually is preferred in water 3ft+ 


All launch and recovery activities went smoothly and crew were pleased with the trailers performance.

September 7th 2015

School Visits, Call Outs & Support

This week (week commencing 13.07.15) has been a busy one for everyone at Duddon Inshore Rescue….


On Monday we had a class of about 22 primary school children visit from Askam Primary School. They had the opportunity to look around our premises and see our equipment as well as learn about water safety and playing safely on the local beaches.

On Tuesday we were called out due to concern over a fisherman being cut off by incoming tides. We received praise for the proactive actions taken in what had potential to be a serious incident. 


We have also spent a few days providing support to the pipeline survey team who have been surveying pipes between Askam and Millom. Support has been provided with both a boat and quad bikes in addition to observation from our look out tower and monitoring over radio.


Thank you to all crew members for their help in completing these tasks.

July 18th 2015

Dalton Carnival - 13.06.2015


The carnival season is well and truly under way and this year the Dalton Carnival took their theme away from earth and to “Aliens and Outer Space.”

We took our position through the parade close to the fantastic Milnthorpe Steel Band who provided our musical accompaniment throughout the parade.

The good weather brought plenty of visitors to both the parade and the show field all of whom were very generous with their donations.

A big thank you to the organisers, volunteers and everyone for their kind donations.

June 13th 2015

Askam Carnival - 06.06.2015

Saturday 6th June 2015 marked the annual Askam and Ireleth Carnival. Despite some dark clouds and strong winds the sun shone for most of the Carnival day. There was a good turn out and lots of local support which is always great to see.

We took the lead at the head of the carnival procession with our quads, tractor and boat. This year there was definite variety in the procession with one group bringing a tank!

Thank you to everyone that donated and took part. For local groups this support makes a big difference.

June 9th 2015

The 49th Annual Keswick to Barrow - 09.05.15


Yesterday saw the 49th annual Keswick to Barrow walk. We took up our usual marshalling spot expecting the worst from the weather and a deluge of wet and miserable walkers.

Thankfully the British weather proved us all wrong and the majority of walkers and runners appeared in good spirits. Despite being positioned nearly 10 miles from the end competitors were passing by chatting, smiling and playing on their phones! There were a large number of younger people completing the walk which was great to see! No denying that there will be some sore feet today but its worth it when you consider how much money has been raised for charity.

Grant Johnson of Walney achieved the best time at 4hrs  12 mins but regardless of times well done to everyone who took part and we’ll see you all next year.

May 10th 2015

Pennington Guides Visit

We were pleased to help out the Pennington Guides who visited Duddon Inshore Rescue on 17th March. The visit was to help  the guides gain their Water Safety Badges.


Everyone took part in discussions about water safety and learnt a little more about what we do here at the Inshore Rescue.

Good luck getting those badges.

March 18th 2015

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