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New Brighton Lifeboat diverts from exercise to aid search

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer lifeboat crew from New Brighton RNLI were called to assist in the search for a missing man during training on Wednesday 7 March.


New Brighton RNLI lifeboat Charles Dibdin

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.

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