Anglers rescued in Father’s Day call out for Hoylake and New Brighton RNLI

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A small fishing boat and her crew of four were rescued by the New Brighton and Hoylake RNLI lifeboats yesterday after the vessel suffered mechanical failure in Liverpool Bay.

RNLI/ Emily Craven

The fishing boat was towed to the safety of New Brighton beach by Hoylake and New Brighton RNLI lifeboats
Father’s Day plans were put on hold for the volunteer RNLI crews when the UK Coastguard tasked both lifeboats to launch in the late afternoon of Sunday 16 June.

New Brighton RNLI’s volunteer crew were tasked at 3.52pm. The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Norma Ethel Vinall launched quickly and headed to the scene south of the Queen’s Channel of the River Mersey.

New Brighton RNLI Helm Dan Wardle said: ‘We found the fishing boat over a bank behind the channel’s retaining wall, also known as the revetment wall. It was in 1.5m breaking waves and getting close to going aground, so both it and those onboard were in a very perilous position.

‘Once we’d freed the boat and in light of deteriorating sea conditions, we requested assistance from Hoylake RNLI. Our inshore lifeboat towed the casualty vessel as far as the entrance to the main channel.’

Hoylake RNLI’s volunteer crew were paged at 4.29pm and the station’s Shannon class all-weather lifeboat Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood headed swiftly to the casualty’s position. Arriving on scene, the Hoylake and New Brighton crews liaised and prepared for the tow to be transferred to the all-weather lifeboat.

Once a towline was secured to the fishing boat by the Hoylake Lifeboat crew, the vessels headed into the River Mersey with New Brighton Lifeboat following in escort. When the vessels had reached the shallow waters of New Brighton beach, the tow was passed back to New Brighton Lifeboat.

Dan continued: ‘Our lifeboat then towed the vessel in for our shore crew to bring it and its crew safely to land. This was a great example of RNLI teamwork in action and highlights the important role flanking stations have in supporting each other.’

With the anglers and their boat safely ashore, Hoylake and New Brighton RNLI lifeboats stood down and returned to station.

Hoylake RNLI Deputy 2nd Coxswain Alistair Knowles said: ‘The fishing boat had broken down in a hazardous area of the River Mersey. The risks posed by the busy shipping lanes, the revetment wall, numerous shipwrecks and the poor weather meant that it was crucial to bring the vessel and those on board out of harm’s way as quickly and safely as possible. The anglers and their boat were rescued thanks to the professionalism and teamwork between the two RNLI lifeboat crews.’

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The towline was passed from Hoylake Lifeboat to New Brighton Lifeboat before the fishing boat was beached

RNLI/ Daniel Whiteley

New Brighton's inshore lifeboat freed the fishing boat before passing the tow to Hoylake's all-weather lifeboat as conditions deteriorated

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