Man pinned against Fort Perch Rock railings saved by New Brighton RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Storm Ciara continues to cause chaos as a high tide and strong winds lead to waves trapping a man against railings.

At 12:30 pm today, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteer crew from New Brighton in the Wirral were at the lifeboat station, when they spotted a man struggling in the sea.

After spotting him, the crew waded out to free the man and escort him back to the promenade. Once he was returned to safety, emergency services were waiting to check him over as a precaution.

New Brighton RNLI, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ian Thornton, said: ‘During this adverse weather visiting our coasts around the UK and Ireland can bring treacherous and bring very dangerous sea conditions.

We would urge the public to take extra caution and remain a safe distance away from the sea.

If you see someone else in danger in the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. If you have something that floats that they can hold on to, throw it to them. Don’t go in the water yourself – too many people drown trying to save others.

This past year, the RNLI has been busier than ever, and stormy conditions can mean additional call outs for the already extremely busy volunteer crews. Whatever the weather, RNLI volunteers will still be on call to rescue those in difficulty at sea.

The RNLI’s major fundraising appeal, The Perfect Storm, which aims to help the charity get back to living within its means, is set to help our volunteers to continue to save lives at sea. To find out more or to donate visit Storm.

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