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New Brighton RNLI in multi-agency search and rescue

Lifeboats News Release

In the early hours of Tuesday 4 April RNLI volunteer crew were tasked by the Coastguard to search for a possible person in distress at Albert Dock, Liverpool.

A male was seen entering the River Mersey at Albert Dock just after midnight. Liverpool and Crosby Coastguard initially searched in conjunction with Wirral Coastguard, finding footprints and a pair of trainers in the area.

New Brighton lifeboat volunteer crew launched just after 1am to search the area with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Marine Fire One, while Coastguard Rescue Officers searched the river bank, with a HM Coastguard Helicopter in attendance. Merseyside Police were also involved.

Following a report of a man seen in wet clothing at Woodside Landing Stage, the search was switched to the shore-side around Woodside Ferry Terminal.

The casualty was finally located in Birkenhead suffering from hypothermia and taken to hospital by North West Ambulance Service.

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