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New Brighton RNLI rescue injured sailor from busy shipping lane

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI New Brighton Lifeboat volunteers were tasked this morning (Monday 2 December) by UK Coastguard to assist a stricken sailing boat which had drifted into the shipping lanes in the River Mersey.

New Brighton RNLI launching on service

RNLI/New Brighton

New Brighton RNLI launching on service

As the volunteer crew were launching the lifeboat, they received information that there was a single occupant on board the vessel who was injured.

The RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched and quickly located the boat deploying two volunteer crew members on board to tend to the casualty. As one crew member attended to the casualty, the other navigated the boat out of the shipping lanes and into the nearby Liverpool marina.

As the RNLI volunteers navigated the vessel to safety, staff from the marina and UK Coastguard were on hand to assist with berthing the casualty boat. RNLI volunteers provided first aid to the casualty who was then handed over to the North West Ambulance Service for further treatment.

New Brighton, Lifeboat Operations Manager Ian Thornton said:

‘One of our crew initially spotted the boat which appeared in distress and the alarm was raised with the Coastguard who tasked the RNLI lifeboat to assist. This was a particularly complex rescue as the sailboat was only a small vessel resulting in a confined space to work and treat the injured casualty whilst also trying to navigate the boat out of the shipping lanes.’

The RNLI are currently facing their own Perfect Storm. The volunteer crews are busier than ever, but the charity’s income is down. To support the RNLI this Christmas visit RNLI.org/ThePerfectStorm to donate.


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