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West Kirby RNLI tasked to assist adrift yacht

Lifeboats News Release

West Kirby RNLI was requested to launch at 10.57am by HM Coastguard following reports of a 22-ft sailing cruiser adrift adjacent to Thurstaston Beach.

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West Kirby RNLI lifeboat, Seahorse, returning to shore

The volunteer crew of West Kirby RNLI Lifeboat quickly assembled and located the vessel near to West Kirby Moorings. They quickly ascertained that there were no casualties onboard and under challenging conditions skilfully placed the vessel under tow, after which it was safely secured to a near by mooring.

Gary Price, West Kirby RNLI Lifeboat Deputy Launch Authority said: ‘We would like to thank the person who contacted the Coastguard for their keen eye and quick response. This ensured that no life was placed at risk as it was unclear as to whether there was an actual casualty on board. The vessel also posed a potential risk to life as it was a hazard to others on the River Dee due to the current choppy conditions. People should never hesitate to phone 999 and ask for the Coastguard if they believe that anyone is in danger near to or on the water. We are happy to help.”

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