West Kirby RNLI responds to ‘Mayday’ call in Dee Estuary
West Kirby RNLI was called out by HM Coastguard following ‘Mayday’ call via VHF radio in the River Dee.
This afternoon following a call out to assist an injured female on Middle Eye, HM Coastguard requested for the volunteer crew to carry out a search within the Dee Estuary for any individuals or vessels in distress. West Kirby RNLI inshore lifeboat investigated the area on the eastside of the River Dee from Hilbre Island down to Thursaston Beach via West Kirby moorings, while HM Coastguard units performed a visual search along the shoreline. Following this thorough search no individual or vessel was spotted and no subsequent ‘Mayday’ calls had been heard. The volunteer crew was stood down and returned to shore.
Speaking following the call out, Andrew Brown, West Kirby RNLI Lifeboat Deputy Launch Authority said: ‘We are always happy to investigate any call and if you see someone in trouble, do not hesitate to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’
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 over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, 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.