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Bob WarwickLifeboat Press Officer
at New Brighton.
The tides come in quickly along channels and cut off areas of sand, combine that with mud and sand hazards and you have a deadly combination
Lifeboats News Release
Sunny Sunday 22nd June started with several people reported to be in danger in the water, a beach emergency followed then quickly reports of several people stuck in the mud
resulted in both lifeboat and hovercraft being in action for a large
chunk of the day.
of the day was at noon from HM Coastguard with a report of two
people being in the water north of the River Alt on the Sefton
shoreline. Our hovercraft H-005 Hurley Spirit was launched and our
lifeboat Atlantic 85 B-837 Charles Dibdin which was just launching on
exercise was sent as well. While on its way to the River Alt area
they were diverted back to New Brighton beach to assist a person who
was reported to be unconscious. We attended the casualty until the
arrival of paramedics and beach lifeguards and then returned to the
River Alt shout. Meanwhile the hovercraft had arrived in the River
Commander Graham Lowe in charge of the hovercraft reported ' When we
arrived in the area north of the River Alt we found two people
fishing purposely up to their waists in water and not in any
difficulty. We advised them if they intended to fish like this in the
future to please contact HM Coastguard with details of when, where
and how long as its very easy for well intentioned members of the
public to misunderstand a situation and call for help. If Coastguard
are already aware then emergency services are not called out
unnecessarily. This advice goes to anyone wishing to do an activity
on the sea or coast that could lead to potential call outs'
lifeboat had arrived on the scene and was standing by in case needed.
were stood down with the hovercraft returning to base for refuel,
check over and wash down and the lifeboat went off to start the
planned training exercise.
the hovercraft was being put to bed a further request for assistance
was received from HM Coastguard who reported that a person was stuck
in mud on the Crosby shore. The hovercraft was launched and the
lifeboat asked to go to the area and stand by in case they could help
in any way. Fortunately the tide was almost at low water so no one was in
immediate danger of drowning.
Lowe described what happened next ' As we arrived on the Crosby shore
we received a further report of three others stuck in the area. We
found the person who was a female in the area about 500 metres north
of Crosby baths and she was stuck in mud up to her thighs. We decided
that as the mud was of a soft variety we wouldn't need to use our mud
lance so laid down mud mats, which enabled us to avoid sinking into
the mud and used muscle power to extract her. This we duly did and
took her to a waiting Coastguard team who were on solid sand. Then
off to the next rescue where we found a male, female and child in
soft mud but not actually stuck but they found themselves sinking
with every step. They were on the waters edge out from Crosby baths.
We took them to safety and the waiting Coastguard team. We cannot
stress highly enough the need to check out and observe the warning
signs on the beach at Crosby.'
lifeboat and hovercraft returned to base for refuelling, check over
and wash down ready for the next shout.
Brighton's Lifeboat Operations Manager Graham Sale commented 'It was
quite a day keeping track of the multiple shouts especially following
the previous nights rescue of two girls at New Brighton. I can but
reinforce comments about the importance of observing local warning
signs, although the beaches in the area often look benign they hide
many dangers and its easy for people to get caught out. The tides
come in quickly along channels and cut off areas of sand, combine
that with mud and sand hazards and you have a deadly combination.
Again please tell HM Coastguard of any plans you may have that could
cause an alert and also to enhance your own safety.'
Promary photograph ofHovercraft crew - L to RCrewman Gary Howland, Pilot Chris Henderson, Senior Commander Graham Lowe, Crewman Sean Sales, Crewman Jim GarlandStation
more information please contact Bob Warwick, RNLI New Brighton
Volunteer Press Officer on mobile 0784 765 8922 - email
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Manager North on 07786 668912
Download Hovercraft and Coastguard teams on Crosby beach
Download New Brighton Hovercraft H-005 Hurley Spirit returning to base from Crosby rescues
Download New Brighton Hovercraft and crew after rescues on Crosby beach
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