New Brighton RNLI lifeboat tasked to stricken yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer lifeboat crew from New Brighton RNLI were out on a training exercise when they were called to the aid of a broken-down vessel on Thursday 15 March.

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During helm training at 11.45am, the New Brighton RNLI lifeboat was tasked with assisting a 27-foot yacht whose engine had failed on the River Mersey.

Lifeboat Charles Dibdin reached the vessel and its three crew within two minutes of the alert, before towing the yacht back to Liverpool Marina around a quarter of a mile away.

RNLI New Brighton Operations Manager Ian Thornton said: “As commercial vessels using the channel are unable to stop quickly or turn sharply, it’s crucial that stationary craft are moved promptly to avoid potential collision and catastrophe.

“As our lifeboat crew were engaged in a training exercise on the river, they reached the yacht within a couple of minutes and were able to very quickly get the yacht towed back to the marina and out of harm’s way.”

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