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New Brighton RNLI respond to drifting yacht in River Mersey

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteer crew from New Brighton responded to a report of a yacht drifting in the River Mersey after developing a mechanical fault close to the Liver Buildings, Saturday 19 September 2020 at 3.49pm

RNLI/New Brighton

New Brighton RNLI assist yacht and crew
The New Brighton lifeboat launched, arrived on scene and identified the vessel with five persons on board. The yacht seemed to have developed a mechanical fault with the fuel pump/filter and was drifting.

The lifeboat crew checked all occupants on board the yacht were safe and then took the yacht under tow to Tower mooring off New Brighton.

The yacht crew were then transferred back to Liverpool.

Mark Greensmith, Deputy Launching Authority, New Brighton lifeboat said: ‘The yacht crew got into difficulty and quickly identified a major fault with the fuelling system where they raised the alarm.

'It was excellent to see that the crew were all wearing the correct lifesaving equipment, including life jackets.’

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