RNLI crew diverted from training at 10.51am Saturday 6 March to assist two persons and a dog cut off on the North Bank
New Brighton lifeboat volunteers were taking part in a training exercise this morning covering, mooring, navigation and communication when they were contacted direct by the Coastguard informing them of a number of 999 calls concerning two persons and a dog who had walked right out to the edge of the North Bank off Harrison Drive.
The calls were received at low water however the tide was starting to turn.
The lifeboat crew stopped their training and immediately made round to the North Bank where the persons were last reported. The volunteer crew identified the persons and the dog involved where they helped them aboard the lifeboat and were brought back to the safety of the shore.
Andy Liston, Deputy Launching Authority, New Brighton Lifeboat said:
‘It is always nice to go for a walk on the beach and follow the beach to the edge of the sea. However it is very important to check on the tide times and also be extra careful going for walks in unfamiliar stretches of the coastline.’
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