Hoylake RNLI volunteers help broken down 10m yacht in Liverpool Bay
The RNLI lifeboat was requested by the British Coast Guard at 4:16 p.m. on Friday June 4 when a yacht with two people on board suffered a mechanical failure.
Hoylake’s Shannon Class Lifeboat Edmond Hawthorn Micklewood and his crew of volunteers took off and proceeded to the position reported by the victim, 13 miles northwest of the lifeboat station. The lifeboat quickly located the yacht near the entrance to the main navigation channel of the River Mersey and the Burbo Bank wind farm. The yacht was under sail as the crew attempted to make progress towards the Liverpool marina.
The lifeboat crew spoke to the injured, who were both fine, but said their engine had overheated and would not start. With the rising tide and the channel being busy with commercial traffic, the crew of the RNLI lifeboat decided to tow the wrecked vessel to the safety of the marina.
A tow line was established between the lifeboat and the yacht and the ships sailed together towards the River Mersey through the Rock Channel off New Brighton. The lifeboat towed the yacht into Liverpool Marina through the lockdown system, before RNLI crew helped the victims put the yacht safely on a berth.
With the ship secured and the casualties no longer in need of assistance, lifeboat Hoylake RNLI and her volunteer crew left the marina through the lock and returned to the lifeboat station to be washed, refueled and prepared again for service.
Hoylake RNLI Coxswain Andy Dodd said: “Victims did not hesitate to call the Coast Guard after suffering an engine failure, which was absolutely the right thing to do given the rising tide and the shipping channel. main in the increasingly busy port of Liverpool. “
“Mechanical breakdowns are the leading cause of rescue calls to sailboats and motor cruise ships, accounting for nearly 20% of all RNLI lifeboat launches. If you are having difficulty at sea, always call the Coast Guard on VHF channel 16 or by dialing 999 or 112. ‘
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