RNLI New Brighton rescues two swimmers clinging onto marker post
Volunteer crew from New Brighton launched at 12.08pm Saturday 17 October 2020 to rescue two swimmers clinging onto marker post near to Fort Perch Rock
Volunteer lifeboat crew from New Brighton were deployed by UK Coastguard to a report of two swimmers who had go into difficulty near to Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton.
The lifeboat launched arriving on scene to find two swimmers who were exhausted and been in the water for over an hour clinging to a marker post near to Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton.
The lifeboat crew were able to manoeuvre the boat into position where they brought the two exhausted swimmers on board the lifeboat. They were given initial first aid and were then transferred via the New Brighton Lifeboat back to New Brighton beach and back to the Lifeboat station. The casualties were then handed over to North West Ambulance service for a further check over. Also in attendance was Wirral Coastguard Rescue team.
Mark Dyer, Deputy Launching Authority, New Brighton Lifeboat said ‘There were initially three swimmers who got into difficulty, one was able to swim back to shore to raise the alarm. All the swimmers were wearing wetsuits and also had safety tow floats with them. When heading out to the coast it’s always important to check tide times, even more so this weekend as high spring tides were forecast. Spring tides make the high tides higher, they will also come in quicker and produce quicker/stronger currents.’
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.