Two Bank Holiday rescues in an hour for RNLI New Brighton lifeboat crew
RNLI volunteers rescued a fishing boat and jet ski from the River Mersey within an hour of pagers sounding at 3.06pm on Saturday 20 April. Both craft stranded by engine failure, they and those onboard were safely delivered to New Brighton beach by RNLI crew, with no further follow up needed.
UK Coastgard tasked RNLI New Brighton’s inshore lifeboat to the stricken fishing vessel which was stranded at Mockbeggar Wharf, close to the North Portland sea defence wall after its three crew had been unable to start the 18-foot boat.
The RNLI inshore lifeboat crew set up a tow and had the vessel back on New Brighton beach just before 4pm.
Once the fishing boat was safely in the hands of the RNLI volunteer shore team, RNLI lifeboat crew immediately headed out to a jet skier reported to be stranded around half a mile off New Brighton beach.
Found stationary with engine failure, the RNLI lifeboat team towed the jet ski and rider to New Brighton beach at 4.03pm.
RNLI Helm Mike Stannard said: ‘With all the preparation in the world sometimes things simply go wrong on the water. Thankfully both casualty vessels had a means of calling for help, which is paramount.
‘Our RNLI crew are well trained for these situations and we’re always happy to assist to ensure such positive outcomes.’
The RNLI volunteers returned to the boathouse where inshore lifeboat Norma Ethel Vinall was refuelled and ready for service by 4.40pm.
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.