Volunteer crew from New Brighton Lifeboat were deployed Sunday 7 June at 9.13am to a report of a boat and a single occupant adrift in the River Mersey near to the Victoria slipway.
The lifeboat launched and quickly found the vessel. When they arrived on scene it was established that the boat had drifted from the shore and the female on board was unable to start the engine. A lifeboat crew member boarded the boat and got the engine started. Both the boat and occupant were then taken back to waiting family members on shore. There were no injuries reported and the family were then able to go on their way.
New Brighton Lifeboat helm Mike Stannard said: ‘It was through quick thinking by other family members to call the coastguard immediately which enabled us to rescue the person and the boat whilst it was still relatively close to shore. The boat could have quite easily drifted further out or people on the shore put in danger attempting a rescue themselves.’
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.