New Brighton RNLI lifeboat tasked to stationary yacht on ‘wrong’ side of river

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew were called out by the UK Coastguard at 6.32pm on 7 August 2018 after a passing vessel reported a stationary 25-foot yacht with flapping sails off the River Alt entrance.

Tractor and empty trailer in the water awaiting the just-about-there RNLI lifeboat

RNLI/James Siddell

RNLI lifeboat crew returning from call out to the yacht near the River Alt entrance

On the scene, the vessel’s skipper explained to the RNLI lifeboat volunteers that he was merely waiting for the water to rise so that it was deep enough for him to enter the River Alt.

The lifeboat crew stood down and were back at the boathouse at 7.43pm, before preparing the lifeboat for service.

This was the second call out of the day for the RNLI New Brighton team. Pagers bleeped around 75 minutes after an earlier launch, which had been in response to a thought-to-be distress flare firing in the Crosby channel.

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