RNLI New Brighton lifeguard drifts out to sea


A volunteer crew rescuer drifts out to sea in the River Mersey on Sunday July 18, 2021

The crew of the new Brighton Lifeboat were deployed for three incidents in quick succession on Sunday 18 July 2021

After completing their mission on a broken down ship near Liverpool Airport, the crew were diverted by the Coast Guard to a report of someone separated from their jet ski which was now drifting into the mouth of the Mersey.

The lifeboat crew proceeded to the last sighting near Fort Perch Rock and, after arriving at the scene, located the victim who was now more than a mile offshore after being swept away by the rising tide.

The lifeboat crew rescued the victim who was wearing a wetsuit and a buoyancy aid. They were able to get him aboard the boat and return him to safety on shore where he was handed over to the Wirral Coastguard Rescue and North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust to check on his welfare.

The lifeboat was then stopped and returned to the station.

Mark Greensmith, Deputy Launching Authority, New Brighton Lifeboat said; “The rescued jetskier was wearing a buoyancy aid and a wetsuit. This is a great example of wearing the right gear when going out on the water. If they hadn’t been wearing the right survival gear, it might have been a whole different story. If you do venture out to the coast, make sure you have the correct and appropriate safety gear with you in case you experience difficulty in the water.

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