New Brighton Lifeboat Night Search

Library photograph of night launch

20th December 2015

Our lifeboat B-837 Charles Dibdin with crew of 4 was launched just after 6pm to the report of wreckage being spotted on the beach near Meols on the Wirral coast.

HM Coastguard requested our assistance as they had received the report of wreckage from a knowledgeable source. They suspected that it was from a small vessel that had broken away from its moorings during the recent storms at Meols and was wrecked on Barbers Folly, a small groyne several hundred yards from Meols slipway towards Leasowe. They were concerned in case it was from a vessel that they were unaware of that had foundered.

It was fairly dark, the moon was not fully up and the 8.4mtr tide full in when they launched. The lifeboat crew conducted an extensive search between Leasowe Lighthouse and Barbers Folly using search lights and also released two white parachute flares. Coastguard were informed that we were going to release flares so that they could repond to any concerned enquiry from the public.

Nothing was found and the search eventually called off and they returned to base at 7:20pm to wash down and refuel.

We always operate on the basis of better safe than sorry.