RNLI New Brighton respond to three incidents

Lifeboats News Release

New Brighton volunteer lifeboat crew were called out to three incidents at Formby Point, Egremont and Tranmere on Thursday 25 June 2020

RNLI/New Brighton

Gavin Williams’ first shout as boat crew!

New Brighton RNLI launched, 25 June 1.23pm on request of HM Coastguard to reports of a person in difficulty in the water off Formby Point.

The lifeboat launched and on arrival at scene the person was located; however a young child who was with the party could not be located. A search of the area was commenced with assistance from HM Coastguard, Southport Independent Lifeboat and the Coastguard helicopter.

The young child was located safe and well a short time later and all services were stood down.

New Brighton Lifeboat then returned to station.

Later on that day at 9.45pm, New Brighton volunteer crew launched again, this time to a report of three males in difficulty in the water near to Egremont groyne.

The lifeboat was quickly on scene, located the three males and crew were able to guide them back to the safety of the shore before offering water safety advice.

Just before the lifeboat was about to stand down, it was re-deployed by HM Coastguard to a report of a red distress flare being set off near to Devil's Bank, Tranmere.

The crew attended the area and could not establish any persons in distress; however the activation of the flare coincided with Liverpool being crowned champions of the Premier League and the lifeboat was stood down before returning to station.

We would also like to congratulate boat crew volunteer, Gavin Williams as it was his first shout onboard with the team.

RNLI/New Brighton

Red distress flares set off near to Egremont / Tranmere

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