New Brighton RNLI diverts from training to teenagers risk of tidal cut off
RNLI lifeboat crew were tasked by UK Coastguard at 8.20pm on 23 August 2018, to reports of two young people at risk of tidal cut off north of the River Alt entrance. RNLI volunteers broke from training to search the scene close to Hightown but were stood down at 9.10pm when no one was found.
Wind throughout was a vigorous Force 5 and seas were choppy during the search, which happened to take place during the second episode of the RNLI Saving Lives at Sea documentary broadcast.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.