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.
Sep 28, 2006
At around noon the Master of an installation barge working on the construction site of the Burbo Wind Farm in Liverpool Bay became concerned when a crew member became dizzy and showed signs of bleeding in the ears. The cause of the complaint was uncertain. Liverpool Coastguard was called and Hoylake Lifeboat was launched to transfer the casualty to the Liverpool landing stage, where both he and a chaperone from the barge were landed to a waiting ambulance and paramedics.
Aug 27, 2006
A couple returning from their 25th wedding anniversary, celebrated in the Isle of Man, found themselves in dangerous waters when the engine failed on board their 38ft motor sailing yacht, close to the entrance to the River Mersey. The wind was westerly force 6-7 and a rough sea made the large craft difficult for the couple team to handle. The vessel made a radio call to Liverpool Coastguard shortly before 5am, who launched Hoylake Lifeboat to the position of the casualty. Once located in the turbulent seas north of the Mersey Bar, a lifeboat crew member was put aboard to assist the couple and a tow line was secured. The Lifeboat escorted the vessel to the safety of the Liverpool Dock system, through Langton Lock, before returning to station.
Jul 29, 2006
While on exercise in the River Mersey, Hoylake Lifeboat was tasked to the clipper "New York" to assist an injured crew member. The man had dislocated his hip on the final stretch of the race. First aiders from the lifeboat crew boarded the clipper close to the New Kings Dock in the River Mersey. The man was immobilised, placed in a stretcher and given Entonox before being transferred to a waiting ambulance.
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