New Brighton RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked to assist a kite surfer who was struggling to self-recover.
On Monday, 5 February, at approximately 2.11pm, the sound of the pager alerted New Brighton RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew to a shout.
Reports of a kite surfer struggling to recover were passed to the crew of the Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat, who launched quickly to assist.
Thankfully, the kite surfer was able to self-recover shortly afterwards, but the lifeboat crew continued their launch to assist with equipment recovery, which was now floating on the river and a potential hazard to shipping due to its location.
With a flooding tide and a cross shore wind, the initial call to HM Coastguard came from one of New Brighton RNLI’s own Helms Mike Stannard. Mike was also out kite surfing at the time and spotted the situation and potential danger, monitoring the individual before calling for help.
Mike said, “It was a good day for kite surfing. I had noticed the man struggling to recover for a short time, and, in line with knowledge of the river and tides, felt it best to err on the side of caution and call the Coastguard.
“I always carry a means of communication on the river with me whilst out kite surfing, to ensure that I can call for help quickly in any given situation. Thankfully this person was able to recover themselves and the crew could help with picking up the equipment to prevent it become a hazard to other water users or craft.
“If you ever find yourself in difficulty in the water or spot someone in distress, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Always carry a means of communication with you and wear an appropriate life jacket for your chosen activity.”
Image: New Brighton RNLI’s Atlantic-85 lifeboat speeds off into the Mersey. Credit: RNLI/Connor Wray