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Double call out for RNLI Hoylake Hovercraft during dense fog

Lifeboats News Release

On the afternoon of 22 December volunteers from RNLI Hoylake Hovercraft Crew rescued three people cut off by the tide on Middle Eye in the River Dee during poor visibility.

RNLI Hoylake Hovercraft launches in dense fog.


RNLI Hoylake Hovercraft launches in dense fog.

Within 15 minutes of launching, RNLI Hoylake’s Hovercraft located the three people who had found themselves stranded on the small island.

While recovering the casualties on board, the crew received information from the UK Coastguard about a further incident on the West Kirby Marine Wall. Once everyone was safely on board the Hovercraft, the crew were tasked to one person and two dogs who required assistance having found themselves thigh deep in water.

As they were making their way to West Kirby the crew learned that the Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team had recovered this second casualty and all was well. The Hovercraft then landed the first three casualties at Dee Lane to waiting Coastguard Officers.

Hovercraft commander, Chris Wiliams, said ‘In situations like this when visibility is poor it’s even more important for members of the public to check the tide timetables before embarking on a walk, ensure they leave plenty of time and carry a compass. Happily all casualties are safely back on dry land.'

Even during this festive period Royal National Lifeboat Institution volunteers are on standby 24 hours a day ready to fulfil their duty in search and rescue operations.

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RNLI Hoylake Hovercraft returns casualties safely to shore in dense fog.


RNLI Hoylake Hovercraft returns casualties safely to shore in dense fog.

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