RNLI New Brighton lifeboat volunteers assist driver in difficulty on beach

Lifeboats News Release

Lifeboat crew were tasked by UK Coastguard to a vehicle blocking emergency slipway access in New Brighton on 30 June 2018. RNLI shore crew assisted the driver by towing his boat from the River Mersey and clearing the slipway.

Small speedboat on a trailer in shallow water with tow rope on the ground and RNLI Deputy Launching Authority looking down at the line

RNLI/Cherie Rowlands

RNLI Deputy Launching Authority Andy Liston assesses the scene

On scene at around 7.50pm, the RNLI shore team found a vehicle blocking access at Victoria slipway. The driver was struggling to retrieve his small speedboat from the water due to his car’s rear tyres sinking in the sand.

The RNLI crew attached tow line to the lifeboat station truck and recovered the boat and trailer to safety, at the same time clearing the slipway.

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