West Kirby RNLI launched to reports of a capsized dinghy
West Kirby RNLI was tasked by HM Coastguard following reports of a capsized dinghy between Mostyn and Greenfield on the Welsh side of the River Dee.
At 12:40pm the volunteer crew of West Kirby RNLI Lifeboat were tasked to check for casualties in the vicinity of the semi-submerged vessel. Within 11 minutes ‘Seahorse’ West Kirby RNLI's inshore lifeboat reached the reported area and were able to ascertain that there were no people nearby to the stricken vessel. A further search of the area towards Mostyn was carried out so as to check for any potential debris from the vessel that could have become dislodged. Having concluded that the area was free of debris, West Kirby RNLI transferred the vessel to the awaiting HM Coastguard unit at Greenfield's Dock.
Speaking following the call out, Richard Diamond, West Kirby RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager 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 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.