West Kirby RNLI launched to provide assistance following a Mayday call at 3.01pm yesterday stating that a microlight had ditched in the Dee Estuary near to Flint.
Multiple assets were tasked by HM Coastguard including West Kirby RNLI lifeboat, Hoylake RNLI hovercraft and Flint RNLI lifeboat alongside an HM Coastguard helicopter.
It was established, following a thorough search of the area, that the object sighted was in fact a large child’s Spiderman balloon and not a microlight aircraft in difficulty and all units were stood down.
Gary Price, West Kirby RNLI Deputy Launch Authority said, “In this instance it was a false alarm but a call to the Coastguard had been made with good intentions. We would always encourage people to phone 999 and ask for the Coastguard should they believe that someone is in danger on the water.”
Image credit: RNLI/West Kirby