West Kirby RNLI entrusted to a sailor in distress

Lifeboat press release

West Kirby RNLI provided assistance to a Sailor in need of medical attention on the River Dee today.

West Kirby RNLI volunteer crew were requested by HM Coastguard at 10:52 a.m. to assist victims on a yacht near West Kirby moorings. The volunteer crew were participating in a routine exercise nearby and were therefore 500 meters from the yacht and were able to reach the incident within a minute. Upon arriving at the scene, the West Kirby RNLI found a man in need of medical attention and quickly transferred him to the inshore lifeboat for transport to the West Kirby slipway, where the injured was been in the care of the North West Ambulance Service.

Speaking in response to the call, Andrew Brown, West Kirby RNLI Lifeboat Deputy Launching Authority, said: “It was a very quick and professional multi-agency response today. The speed at which we were able to provide assistance was due to the victims having a VHF radio on board their yacht. Always have a means of communication when you are at sea so that you can call 999 and ask the Coast Guard if you need help.

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