Nov 19, 2016
Lifeboat assists crew transfer vessel with engine problems
UK Coastguard requested the assistance of Hoylake Lifeboat after a fast catamaran used in the offshore windfarm industry developed engine problems near the Mersey Bar.
The Hoylake volunteer crew were paged at 7.16pm and the lifeboat was able to launch on service within twenty minutes. The casualty was the Dalby Humber - a 46 tonnes, 21 metre high speed catamaran which had suffered loss of propulsion in one of its twin engines and was having difficulty manoeuvring. The vessel had six persons on board who had been working on the Burbo windfarm extension.
The lifeboat, Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood, made good speed and reached the casualty, near the entrance to the buoyed channel of the River Mersey, in less than half an hour. The Dalby Humber was then taken under tow to Langton Lock where it entered the dock system for repairs. The lifeboat was secured alongside the windfarm vessel and was able to manoeuvre the much larger craft on to a berth in the dock. Members of the local Coastguard Rescue Team were present to assist on the dockside.
Lifeboat crewman Dave Crozier said; “This is just one of the situations which we train so hard for week in and week out all year in all weather. Jobs like this make all that time and effort worthwhile. It has been a long night but as RNLI volunteer crew we all feel privileged to be able to serve the community at times like this.”
Hoylake lifeboat recovered on the beach at 01.45am and was pulled across the sand bank to the station. The crew and shore crew then washed her down and refuelled her. The lifeboat was ready for the next service at 03:30am.