Stranded yacht towed to safety by RNLI New Brighton lifeboat crew

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI volunteer team was tasked by UK Coastguard to a sailing vessel in difficulty on the River Mersey at 12.18pm on 25 June 2018. The 36-foot yacht was towed by the RNLI lifeboat to moorings at New Brighton.

RNLI New Brighton lifeboat towing the 36-foot yacht along the River Mersey to moorings in New Brighton

RNLI/Paul Manville

RNLI inshore lifeboat crew tows the 36-foot yacht to moorings for engine checks

Inshore lifeboat Charles Dibdin launched at 12.26pm to a yacht with engine failure located between Canning Dock, Liverpool and the Black Pearl pirate ship art installation in New Brighton. When the RNLI crew arrived at the becalmed vessel minutes later, the lone sailor onboard wished to moor up so he could assess the engine.

On safely delivering both yacht and skipper to New Brighton, the RNLI volunteers returned to the lifeboat station. Arriving at 1.25pm, they set about preparing the lifeboat for service.

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