New Brighton Lifeboat responds to barge breaking free from moorings
Volunteers from New Brighton RNLI lifeboat station responded last night (Tuesday 10 December at 10:19 pm) to a large crane/barge which had broken free from its moorings in Birkenhead.
New Brighton lifeboat were tasked last night by UK Coastguard to assist with a large crane/barge that had broken free from its moorings at the 12 Quays, Birkenhead. The lifeboat crew responded in conjunction with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Marine Fire 1.
The crew arrived on scene however due to the sheer size of the vessel they coordinated response to re-secure the barge via the UK Coastguard and other marine agencies.
New Brighton RNLI volunteers remained on scene providing cover for the partner agencies until the barge was towed and secured onto moorings at Langton Dock.
Mark Greensmith, Deputy Launching Authority for RNLI New Brighton says: ‘This was particularly difficult deployment as the Lifeboat crew were experiencing rough weather conditions due to the tail end of Storm Atiyah. The crew displayed some excellent teamwork with Mersey Fire and Rescue, UK Coastguard and other partner agencies to re-secure the barge to an alternative mooring before substantial damage was caused’
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.