Red flare sighting sparks late night search by Hoylake RNLI and Coastguard
Hoylake RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch by the UK Coastguard at 9.55pm on Sunday 28 February when a River Mersey pilot vessel reported seeing a red flare off New Brighton.
Hoylake’s all-weather Shannon class lifeboat Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood and her volunteer crew launched and immediately began following a search pattern along the north Wirral coast heading towards New Brighton. The RNLI crew used the lifeboat’s radar and searchlights to look for any potential vessels or people in distress, while local Coastguard Rescue Teams searched along the shoreline.
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