Lifeboats News Release 12/07/2015
Author: Bob Warwick
RNLI New Brighton’s hovercraft H-007 Samburgh was launched to the report of three people stranded on a sandbank out from the Wirral coast near Leasowe Lighthouse.
Senior Hovercraft Commander Graham Lowe commented “ We received the call out request at 6:30pm and immediately scrambled the hovercraft to the area. The tide was coming in and we found three teenagers on a sandbank but cut off from the shore. They were still dry and had obeyed the HM Coastguard teams instruction to stay put as we were on our way. We picked them up and dropped them off to the waiting Coastguard team by the lifeguard lookout station at Leasowe.”
He continued “ This is the sort of rescue that the hovercraft is designed for and we are lucky to be one of the four RNLI stations in the country to have one. Its vital that visitors to the shore check out the tide times and take head of warning signs along the coast. Be especially aware that in this area the tide comes in very quickly along dangerous gullies and you can find yourself cut off from shore very quickly several hours before high tide. “
Graham Sale,Lifeboat Operations Manager at New Brighton commented “With so many involved we put our lifeboat on stand by in case further resource’s were needed by the hovercraft crew. The operation went deceptively smoothly as we received the call out in time, had it come much later we could have been dealing with three people in the water facing a rapidly flowing incoming tide. I can but reinforce Graham Lowe’s comments re understanding the tides in the area”.
The hovercraft returned to base for wash down, check over and refuelling.
Tide times are available on the internet, via apps for smartphones, in booklet form available from our lifeboat station shop, stationers and fishing shops. Local times can also be accessed via our station website http://www.newbrightonlifeboat.com
This was the second rescue of the weekend for lifeboat station volunteers following on from a difficult rescue by the lifeboat on Saturday night.
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