COASTGUARD ASK PUBLIC FOR ASSISTANCE TO LOCATE HOAX CALLER
Maritime & Coastguard Agency this week took the unusual step of
issuing to media organisations a recording of the hoax call which
was made to their Liverpool Rescue Co-ordination Centre on Sunday 21
The mayday call claimed that a speedboat, was taking water 2 miles
north of Skinburness Point, following engine failure. The caller
from the ‘Boy David’ suggested three people onboard. He said all
were wearing lifejackets. Following this broadcast, nothing else was
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sent the following resources to the area:-
• Burgh by Sands Coastguard Rescue Team
• Burgh by Sands Coastguard Rescue Boat
• The rescue helicopter from RAF Leconfield
• Workington RNLI Lifeboat and inshore lifeboat
• Sillogh RNLI Lifeboat
• Maryport Inshore Rescue Boat
• Annan Coastguard Rescue Team
• Port Ling Coastguard Rescue Team
Liverpool Coastguard Rescue Co-ordination Centre Manager, Sue Todd
said:- “We are appealing to the public to help both the Police
and ourselves identify this very dangerous prankster. There was a
huge search effort by a considerable number of very dedicated
people, many of them volunteers, to help try and locate this phantom
speedboat and its occupants on Sunday afternoon.
The important thing is that this hoax caller is found. Hoax calls
can, and in this case did, tie up a valuable maritime search and
rescue resource which might have been required elsewhere in a real
Those who risk their own safety to rescue others should not be put
at needless risk in responding to bogus distress calls.
Anyone who has any information on the identity of the caller are
being asked to contact either the Coastguard at Liverpool on 0151
931 3341 or Cumbria Police on 01768 891999.”
AIR AMBULANCE STATEMENT
IT has being
reported in some of the media, that the North West Air Ambulance may
be forced to axe its vital life-saving service as it battles to
survive amidst a cash crisis.
This report is factually incorrect. The North West Air Ambulance
HAS NOT launched an appeal for cash help in the face of mounting
costs, mainly for fuel. "This report has been in some of the
national and local media last week. I would like to stress
that it was not run in this publication, but we have asked the to
run it as we would like reassure to the public that we are ok.
We do raise funds as we are a charity, but in no way do we have a
cash crisis.” North West Air Ambulance told us.
Southport golfer is runner-up in Golf Foundation Weetabix Age Group
scratch golfer Tommy Fleetwood played some wonderful golf to finish
runner-up in the national Golf Foundation Weetabix Age Group
Championships, held at the Marriott Forest of Arden Golf & Country
Club in Warwickshire, on 16 and 17 of August.
Tommy, from Kew, Southport, plays at The Park Golf Club. He was
among 100 of the most talented young golfers from around Britain who
had qualified through regional finals to compete in the finals of
one of junior amateur golf’s most prestigious events, with Lee
Westwood, Justin Rose, David Howell and Mhairi
McKay all having taken part in the Championships, which started back
To qualify, Tommy had to compete against 1,800 young golfers in the
regional final stages and against an initial entry of 5,500
youngsters – boys and girls – under 16 years of age. Tommy, playing
off a scratch handicap, finished second in the Boys’ Under 14
category, following 2 strong rounds of 70 and 74, in a total of 144.
Mike Round, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation, said:-
“The Weetabix Age Group Championship has a wonderful pedigree in
British golf and for the last 2 decades has given junior golfers a
great start in regional and national competitive golf. It will have
been a great experience for every player taking part and there is
also every chance that some of the very best European players of the
future were teeing it up at the Forest of Arden.”
Justin Rose was one such
player back in 1993 when he won the Under 14 category of the
Weetabix event. He said recently:- “The Golf Foundation’s Age
Group Championships gave me the encouragement required to take the
game to the next level. I enjoyed playing in this tournament and
remember how much winning it meant to me. The Golf Foundation and
Age Group Championships are very important for developing junior
The Golf Foundation, whose aim is to develop junior golf throughout
the British Isles and make the sport more accessible, has been
successfully running the
Championships now for 18 years. The Championships provide an
opportunity for British boys and girls to play against golfers of
their own age. Sponsored by
Weetabix since 1992, the competition is open to boys and girls under
16 with handicap limits of 24 for boys and 33 for girls.
Mayor's charity cabaret
THE Mayor of
Warrington, Cllr Hans Mundry, has organised a cabaret night in
support of his charity appeal and everyone is invited. The Decapo
Dance Band will present the cabaret on Friday 23 September at Sir
Thomas Boteler School, Grammar School Road, from 7.30pm.
Tickets are £12 and include a hot pot supper, and 2 complimentary
glasses of wine and guests are advised to bring their own drinks.
The proceeds will go to the Mayor's two chosen charities, the
Butterfly Project (NCH) and Home-Start Warrington.