Floundering sailing vessel triggers RNLI New Brighton lifeboat launch
Volunteer crew launched the RNLI inshore lifeboat at 8.55pm on Wednesday 16 May to assist a yacht in difficulty north of Fort Perch Rock.
Both RNLI New Brighton lifeboat crew and Merseyside Fire and Rescue’s Mersey Fire 1 (MF1) were tasked to the 24-foot vessel after a lone sailor tried to steer over a sea defence wall on his way to Fiddlers Ferry.
On reaching the near-capsized yacht, RNLI lifeboat volunteers guided the vessel to safety before boarding to check the casualty for any injuries. RNLI crew remained onboard while the RNLI lifeboat escorted the yacht to Tranmere and MF1 was stood down.
RNLI New Brighton Lifeboat Helm Jay Hennessy said: ‘The sailor was acting on the advice of a friend and was waiting for the tide to rise before going over the stone sea defence, in an area we know locally as Murphy’s Gutter. Unfortunately, he miscalculated that which very nearly saw the yacht capsize.
‘Once at Tranmere, we again checked both the man – who wasn’t injured – and his yacht, to ensure all was safe and secure before leaving.’
The RNLI lifeboat and crew were back at the station by 11pm.
Sea conditions throughout were flat and calm, with a two-to-three knots north-easterly wind.
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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.Learn more about the RNLI
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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.