New Brighton Lifeboat diverts from exercise to aid search
Volunteer lifeboat crew from New Brighton RNLI were called to assist in the search for a missing man during training on Wednesday 7 March.
While helm training at 10.30am the RNLI New Brighton lifeboat was tasked by HM Coastguard to search for a man, amid family concerns for his safety, after he had left his Otterspool home earlier in the morning and not returned.
New Brighton RNLI was training alongside Marine Fire and Rescue when the call came in. Both RNLI lifeboats Charles Dibdin and Marine Fire 1, as well as the HM Coastguard Shore team, carried out a thorough search of the Garston Channel area. Nobody was found and the lifeboat was stood down at 12.15pm.
Sea conditions were calm with clear visibility and a light south-easterly breeze.
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.