Hoylake RNLI hovercraft assists grounded jet skis in the River Mersey
Hoylake RNLI hovercraft was tasked by UK Coastguard at 11.53am on Saturday 20 October to three jet skis that had run aground in the River Mersey close to the Silver Jubilee Bridge at Runcorn. One of the riders had reportedly been injured when he was thrown from his jet ski on impact.
However, the group’s jet skis were stuck on a sandbank due to the low tide. The hovercraft brought three Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service officers from the shore to assist the hovercraft crew in manoeuvring the jet skis back into the water.
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 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.