New Brighton RNLI volunteers were called out to three more incidents in two hours, in the areas of North Bank and Leasowe Lighthouse last Friday (29 May)
At 12.26pm off duty New Brighton lifeboat volunteer crew sighted numerous people walking along North Bank, New Brighton, who were about to be cut off by the incoming tide. As a result, the New Brighton lifeboat was requested to launch by the UK Coastguard.
New Brighton RNLI's lifeboat launched immediately and located six people who were at that time cut off completely from the shore. All six people, and two dogs. were taken onboard the lifeboat and returned safety to Harrison Beach.
Lifeboat crew were on the way back to be recovered when they were diverted by the UK Coastguard to reports of two people and two dogs cut off on a bank opposite Vale Park. The lifeboat attended and the people were walked back to safety by the crew. The lifeboat then headed back to New Brighton beach where they recovered back to station.
Later at 2.30pm, pagers sounded again and the crew were this time requested by UK Coastguard along with Hoylake RNLI's hovercraft to a report of multiple people trapped on a sandbank near to Leasowe Lighthouse. The lifeboat arrived on scene but was stood down shortly after as their assistance was no longer required.
Ian Thornton, New Brighton RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said:
‘I would like to once again personally thank the dedication of the volunteer crew in each of these incidents. In the last few days of wonderful weather 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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