May 22, 2007
A tanker by the name of "Babadag" bound for the Stanlow Oil Refinery was anchored waiting on the tide before proceeding up the River Mersey. The pilot vessel "Kittiwake" was following the vessel "Coastal Wave" in preparation to take the pilot off. It became apparent the Russian Chief Officer of the "Babadag" had been suffering chest pains for about 5 days. With this in mind, Liverpool Coastguard requested the launch of Hoylake Lifeboat.
The pilot vessel, having recovered the pilot from “Coastal Wave”, then proceeded to the "Babadag" and took the casualty on board. Hoylake Lifeboat went alongside the "Kittiwake" at the Q5 Channel buoy, where a first aider and medical equipment was transferred. The pilot launch then proceeded to a waiting ambulance at the Woodside Ferry Terminal where the casualty was evacuated to hospital. Hoylake Lifeboat then returned to station, and the casualty was returned to St Petersburg later that month.
May 6, 2007
Hoylake Lifeboat was tasked by Liverpool Coastguard to assist West Kirby Lifeboat in the search for a windsurfer lost in theDeeestuary. As the lifeboat made her way to her launch position, West Kirby Lifeboat picked up the casualty. Hoylake Lifeboat returned to station.
Apr 15, 2007
At 1600 Holyhead Coastguard tasked Hoylake Lifeboat to assist Rhyl Lifeboat in a search for a motor boat and 2 jet skis in thick fog. After an intensive search by the lifeboats and the RAF Search & Rescue Helicopter from RAF Valley, the casualties were located and the "Lady of Hilbre" stood down.
Whilst the situation to the west was being resolved, Liverpool Coastguard requested Hoylake's small tractor, Tractor Bravo, to assist in the search for people returning from Hilbre Island, who were also lost in the fog on an incoming tide. When the persons concerned were accounted for, the tractor returned to station to prepare for recovery of the lifeboat.
On returning to the lifeboat station, Hoylake Lifeboat then received a call from Liverpool Coastguard stating that a yacht, with 4 persons on board had hit the training wall in the approaches to the River Mersey. The lifeboat sped towards the casualty.
On arrival at the scene, another yacht was also having trouble with visibility. Hoylake Lifeboat and New Brighton Lifeboat escorted the vessels towards the safety of Liverpool Marina. Hoylake Lifeboat then returned to station and was refuelled and ready for service.
Apr 13, 2007
At 1745 Hoylake Lifeboat launched to assist a yacht with engine failure in little wind to fill the sails on the flood of an evening tide. The 35ft steel-hulled vessel called Liverpool Coastguard for assistance to reach Liverpool Marina at Brunswick.
New Brighton Lifeboat and Marine Fire 1 proceeded to assist. The Coastguard decided to launch the Hoylake Lifeboat due to the size of the casualty.
Hoylake Lifeboat proceeded through the old Rock Channel to rendezvous with Marine Fire 1 at the Brazil buoy. The "Lady of Hilbre" took over the tow and reached the safety of the marina before returning to station.
Apr 8, 2007
Hoylake Lifeboat was tasked at 1015 to a 40ft motor sailing yacht with 5 persons on board anchored north of the Q6 buoy in the approaches to the Mersey Channel. The motor yacht had been anchored for 2 tides attempting to replace a cylinder head gasket which had blown on passage to the Isle of Man from the Marina at Brunswick.
On reaching the yacht, a tow was secured from the lifeboat on the flood of the day tide. The casualty was towed back to the safety of the marina.
Apr 6, 2007
Hoylake Lifeboat was called to the waters edge in pursuit of a runaway horse which had bolted into the tide shortly before high water. 2 young girls pursued the horse into the water and there were fears for their safety.
Coastguards and lifeboat crew paused at the waters edge when the horse turned towards the shore. When all 3 were safe, the lifeboat returned to station.
Apr 5, 2007
While on exercise, Hoylake Lifeboat received a call from Liverpool Coastguard requesting the lifeboat’s participation in a search off Ainsdale beach, where 2 jet skis were believed to be missing.
As the visibility was poor, it was thought the lifeboat’s radar would benefit the search. As the search was completed, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station.
Feb 20, 2007
While on exercise, Hoylake Lifeboat received a call from Liverpool Coastguard stating that a red distress flare had been sighted in the vicinity of the Point of Air. The Coastguard requested the lifeboat to investigate. On approaching the area, Liverpool Coastguard received confirmation from a second informant that the flare had been set off over land and stood the lifeboat down to continue crew training.
Feb 3, 2007
Liverpool Coastguard requested Hoylake Lifeboat launch to an incident in the River Mersey, where a cargo ship and a ferry with 294 passengers on board collided in thick fog. After it was ascertained that all passengers and crew were safe and the damaged ferry posed no danger, Hoylake Lifeboat returned to station.
Feb 3, 2007
57 anglers fishing at the Point of Ayr bank near Prestatyn in North Wales became disorientated when thick fog descended on them and a small boat was lost. As the tide was due to start flooding, Holyhead and Liverpool Coastguards decided to launch Hoylake and Rhyl all-weather lifeboats, with Rhyl’s ILB also in attendance. Hoylake Lifeboat soon located the vessel and took the skipper on board, due to the density of the fog. With Holyhead mobile units also assisting ashore, all the anglers where returned safely ashore to their vehicles. Hoylake Lifeboat was then released and returned to station.
Jan 18, 2007
A Boeing 737 en route from Belfast to Stansted was diverted to Liverpool John Lennon Airport. The aircraft, with 88 passengers and crew on board ,was reported to be low on fuel. Liverpool Coastguard brought Hoylake Lifeboat to immediate readiness until the aircraft had landed safely, when the lifeboat crew were stood down.
Jan 8, 2007
Hoylake Lifeboat launched in support of the Flint ILB as an 11m wind farm support vessel with 2 persons on board had suffered engine failure. The skipper had called for assistance as the weather forecast was for gale force winds. TheFlintcrew were concerned that towing the craft might be too much for the ILB if the conditions deteriorated.
In the event,Flinttowed the craft to a safe mooring at Mostyn Dock from a position off Greenfields, with Hoylake Lifeboat in support.
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