New Brighton RNLI rescue two people and their pet dog from incoming tide
RNLI New Brighton Lifeboat volunteers were on a training exercise yesterday morning (Sunday) when they were tasked by UK Coastguard along with Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team to attend a report of two people and a dog cut off by the incoming tide off Harrison Drive in New Brighton.
The volunteer crew were quickly on scene to rescue all three parties before taking them on board the lifeboat. The three were returned to New Brighton Lifeboat Station where they were joined by North West Ambulance Service and Paramedics for a precautionary check over.
Hoylake RNLI hovercraft was also tasked to assist but the volunteer crew were stood down before launching.
Ian Thornton, New Brighton Operations Manager said:
‘The couple were lucky that a member of the public spotted that the tide was closing in on them from the shoreline and called for help. If you see anyone in trouble on the coast always phone 999 and ask for the Coastguard, never attempt the rescue yourself.’
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.