Hoylake RNLI Lifeboat launches to yacht aground on rocks.

Lifeboats News Release

Hoylake Lifeboat was launched for the second time on service today after a yacht with seven persons on board ran aground near the entrance to the shipping channel of the River Mersey.

Hoylake Lifeboat on the Launch and Recovery System being pushed into the sea for launching.

RNLI/Peter Ruddell

Hoylake Lifeboat launching on service.

At 6.43 pm, shortly after the volunteer crew had washed down and refuelled Hoylake RNLI Lifeboat from a service this afternoon, UK Coastguard requested the boat be relaunched to proceed to the assistance of the yacht La Republique which had run aground on the channel revetment about three miles off Hightown.

Radio communications with the casualty were difficult but the yacht reported that she had seven persons on board and was ‘bouncing on the rocks and possibly taking on water’. In view of the seriousness of the situation the lifeboat launched at 7.03 pm and proceeded towards the casualty at full speed.

Approximately five minutes later UK Coastguard reported to the lifeboat that the casualty had been able to refloat from the revetment and was making way under her own power up the channel towards the River Mersey.

Hoylake Lifeboat was stood down by the Coastguard and returned to station where she was washed down, refuelled and made ready for her next service.

Notes to editors.

  • Hoylake Lifeboat Station has been operating since 1803 and is one of the oldest in the country. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/hoylake or www.hoylakelifeboat.org.uk/
  • Lifeboat Operations Manager Dave Whiteley and Coxswain/Mechanic Andy Dodd are available for interview by arrangement.

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