Three shouts in one day for New Brighton RNLI

A busy Thursday for New Brighton RNLI as they received three separate taskings in a single day.

New Brighton RNLI’s volunteer crew was awoken by the sound of the pager at just after 8am on Thursday 6 June, to reports of a man and a woman, as well as two dogs, cut off by the tide and struggling to make it ashore.

Both casualties were eventually recovered safely and the crew of the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat returned to station to wash down and prepare for service.

Tidal cut offs are a big concern for New Brighton’s lifeboat, particularly around the Leasowe Bay and New Brighton beach areas. If you are out walking on the coast, always check tide times and be aware that, if the tide is coming in, it may be coming in behind you.

After a quieter afternoon, the pagers sounded once more at approximately 8:50pm that night. This time tasked by the Coastguard to reports of a casualty stuck in mud. Volunteer crew proceeded to the slipway to prepare to launch and assist. The incident was resolved just prior to launch, and New Brighton RNLI was able to return to station.

Reports of a person in the water at approximately 11:30pm brought about the familiar sound of the pagers once again, with crew launching efficiently from New Brighton beach and carrying out shoreline searches between Fort Perch Rock and Woodside Ferry Terminal.

The casualty was eventually located safely, and all units stood down to return to base.

Adam Bidston, helm at New Brighton RNLI, said, “This was a busy day for our volunteer crew, who showed incredible commitment to continue responding so efficiently and effectively. The varied nature of these shouts really highlights the dangers around the coastline. If you’re heading out to enjoy the water this summer, please wear a lifejacket and carry a means of communication.”

If you see anybody in distress on the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Image: New Brighton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat on the Mersey. Credit: RNLI/Connor Wray

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