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New Brighton RNLI retrieves missing Isle of Man dinghy from Mersey

Lifeboats News Release

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.


RNLI lifeboat on the water with the inflatable dinghy protruding vertically at the rear

RNLI/Stephanie Stewart

The RNLI lifeboat takes the small boat to New Brighton beach
The backs of three RNLI shore crew as they pull the dinghy up the sand

RNLI/Stephanie Stewart

RNLI shore crew take the dinghy along the sand to safety
Three shore crew around thigh deep in water as they await the lifeboat

RNLI/Stephanie Stewart

RNLI shore team await the dinghy from the lifeboat crew

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