Oct 29, 2016
Hovercraft tasked to person trapped in mud
Hoylake RNLI were tasked to assist a person trapped in mud near Talacre at the mouth of the River Dee.
UK Coastguard requested the assistance of the Hoylake hovercraft at 8.43pm after the person got into difficulty at the RSPB Nature Reserve near the Point of Air. Coastguard Rescue Teams from Rhyl, Flint and Wirral were also despatched to the scene, where North Wales Police were also in attendance.
The hovercraft reached the location at 9.05pm but the Coastguard rescue units already on scene were able to extricate the male casualty from the mud without assistance. They advised the Hoylake hovercraft that the casualty would not be accessible to their craft due to deep gulleys in the vicinity.
The Hoylake hovercraft pilot said “The many hours our crew have spent in training on the hovercraft in recent months are now paying off. The rescue was facilitated by excellent communications between the Coastguard and RNLI units throughout the operation.”
The hovercraft was stood down by the Coastguard at 9.18 pm and returned to Hoylake to be washed down, refuelled and made ready for service by 10.00pm.