New Brighton RNLI retrieves missing Isle of Man dinghy from Mersey
New Brighton RNLI's lifeboat crew recovered an inflatable craft adrift to the north of Crosby at around 8.50am this morning (Thursday 1 August).
The volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat by the UK Coastguard at 8.32am.
There was a light north-westerly breeze at the time and sea conditions were smooth.
On scene, the crew found a small inflatable dinghy with a fishing rod and one oar onboard drifting on the River Mersey at the north end of Crosby.
The lifeboat volunteers took the tender to New Brighton beach where it was passed to the lifesaving charity’s shore crew.
It transpired that the small tender had broken free of a yacht moored at Laxey Harbour, Isle of Man. It had been reported missing on Sunday 28 July.
The RNLI volunteer team returned to the boathouse at around 9.30am before preparing the lifeboat for service.
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.