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Hoylake RNLI hovercraft joins coastguard and police in search on Crosby Beach

Lifeboats News Release

A training exercise turned into an emergency incident for Hoylake RNLI hovercraft on Wednesday 8 February after the UK Coastguard received reports of a person in difficulty on Crosby Beach.

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Hoylake RNLI hovercraft was on exercise when the alarm was raised about a person potentially in difficulty on Crosby Beach

The hovercraft Hurley Spirit and her volunteer crew diverted from their exercise on Hoylake Beach at 6.32pm and headed to Crosby to assist Crosby and Southport Coastguard Rescue Teams in searching for the reported casualty.

Once on scene, the hovercraft carried out a shoreline search in the dark using searchlights between Crosby Leisure Centre and the Coastguard Station and then beyond to the River Alt. The Coastguard also searched the shore and fired illuminating parachute flares to light the area. A National Police Air Service helicopter also joined the search.

After almost two hours of searching, with nobody located and no further reports of anyone in difficulty, the incident was concluded by the Coastguard as a false alarm with good intent and the hovercraft was stood down.

Hoylake RNLI hovercraft commander Chris Williams said: ‘Although there was nobody in distress on this occasion, we would always encourage anyone to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard if they think there is an emergency at the coast.’

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