Distress flare alert prompts call out for New Brighton RNLI lifeboat volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI lifeboat crew pagers sounded at 5.16pm on 7 August 2018 in response to on-shore reports of a red distress flare being fired in the Crosby Channel.

Tractor and trailer in the water with lifeboat shown midway through reversing onto the trailer.

RNLI/Stephanie Stewart

RNLI New Brighton lifeboat returning from the scene

The flare had been spotted in an area of the channel north of Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm.

At the scene, a rig was found to be flaring off gas and RNLI volunteers were stood down.

RNLI crew returned to the boathouse at 6.02pm and the team prepared the boat for service.

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