New Brighton RNLI Crew rescue man drifting out to sea in Mersey

New Brighton Lifeboat crew were deployed to three incidents in quick succession on Sunday 18 July 2021.

Having completed their tasking to a broken down vessel near to Liverpool Airport the crew were diverted by the coastguard to a report of a person separated from their jet ski who was now drifting out into the Mouth of the Mersey.

The lifeboat crew headed towards the last sighting near to Fort Perch Rock and after arriving on scene located the casualty who was now over a mile off shore having been swept out to sea by the outgoing tide.

The lifeboat crew rescued the casualty who was wearing a wetsuit and a buoyancy aid. They were able to bring him on board the boat and return him to the safety of the shore where he was handed to the Wirral Coastguard Rescue and North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust to check on his welfare.

The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station.

Mark Greensmith, Deputy Launching Authority, New Brighton Lifeboat said,

The rescued jetskier was wearing a buoyancy aid and a wetsuit. This is an excellent example of wearing the correct equipment when going out on the water.

Had they not been wearing the correct survival equipment it could have been a much different story. If you are going to venture out onto the coast then please ensure you have the correct and appropriate safety equipment with you incase you get into difficulty in the water.

Image and video: RNLI/New Brighton

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