New Brighton crew deployed five times in four hours along New Brighton coast to people trapped on sandbanks and a dingy in trouble, Thursday 28 May 2020
Shout 1 📟 11.37am
Off-duty New Brighton Lifeboat volunteer crew sighted two people walking along North Bank, New Brighton, seemingly unaware of the incoming tide.
New Brighton Lifeboat launched immediately and located them before walking them back to the safety of the shore.
Shout 2 📟 12.30pm
Lifeboat crew were deployed to a report of a dingy apparently in trouble near to the clown roundabout, New Brighton. However, on arriving at the scene it turned out to be a false alarm as the 'dingy' turned out to be some discarded birthday balloons.
Shout 3 📟 1.30pm
Pagers sounded again and the crew were this time deployed by UK Coastguard to a report of multiple persons trapped on a sandbank near to Leasowe Lighthouse. With the assistance of Hoylake Lifeboat all the people were safely walked back to shore and the New Brighton Lifeboat headed home.
Shout 4 📟 2pm
As the crew returned home they were diverted by UK Coastguard to a report of children in difficulty near to the clown roundabout, New Brighton on a dingy in danger of being swept out to sea due to the tide and wind. The lifeboat arrived at the scene and were able to direct the children and the dingy back to the safety of the shore. These were the same children the lifeboat crew had spoken to earlier in the day and warned of the dangers of the stretch of water they were currently in. The crew again headed back to the boathouse to wash down and de-kit.
Shout 5 📟 3.10pm
The volunteer crew again responded to the sound of the pagers and assembled at the boathouse in readiness to launch to a police led incident at the Pier Head, Liverpool.
After a short time the crew received a message that they were no longer required and were stood down.
Ian Thornton, Lifeboat Operations Manager, New Brighton Lifeboat, said: ‘I would like to personally thank the dedication and professionalism of the volunteer crew in each of these incidents.
'It is lucky the people trapped on the sandbanks in two of the incidents were spotted as the tide was on its way in. Our crew deployed from the lifeboat on one occasion and guided them back to safety. On both occasions the people involved were given guidance on how to check tide times in the local area. The children that were on the dingy didn’t heed the initial advice of the crew and were lucky not to be swept further out to sea.
'Over the bank holiday weekend we have had numerous calls of a similar nature and urge anyone using the coast to check local tide times for the area they are visiting.’
Even in these difficult and unprecedented times our RNLI volunteers are still on duty 24/7 and ready to deploy at the sound of the pager.
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