Apr 9, 2017
Yacht with seven people on board reported on rocks
Hoylake Lifeboat was launched for the second time on service today after a yacht with seven persons on board ran aground near the entrance to the shipping channel of the River Mersey.
At 6.43pm, shortly after the volunteer crew had washed down and refuelled the lifeboat from another service, UK Coastguard requested the boat to relaunch and proceed to the assistance of the yacht 'La Republique', which had run aground on the channel revetment about three miles off Hightown.
Radio communications with the casualty were difficult but the yacht reported that she had seven persons on board and was ‘bouncing on the rocks and possibly taking on water’. In view of the seriousness of the situation, the lifeboat launched at 7.03pm and proceeded towards the casualty at full speed.
Approximately five minutes later, the Coastguard reported that the casualty had been able to refloat from the revetment and was making way under her own power up the channel towards the River Mersey.
Hoylake Lifeboat was stood down by the Coastguard and returned to station, where she was washed down, refuelled and made ready for her next service.