Aug 21, 2018
Hovercraft tasked to two persons stranded in dinghy in Dee Estuary
Shortly after midnight, Hoylake Hovercraft was tasked by the UK Coastguard to two casualties who were stranded in a small inflatable dinghy in the Dee Estuary. The hovercraft launched at 12:13am and arrived on scene approximately 150m offshore from Sally's Cottage shortly afterwards. The two people had been making their way to Heswall small boat moorings earlier in the day when the dinghy's propeller became entangled in a rope. As the tide lowered, the casualties found themselves stranded in shallow water in the dark surrounded by muddy embankments.
Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team were on scene on the shore and were able to use their vehicle lights as markers to guide the hovercraft crew to the stranded dinghy. The volunteer crew recovered the two casualties and their dinghy on to the hovercraft safely. They were then landed close to Sally's Cottage, where the Coastguard were waiting to meet them. Neither casualty required medical attention and the dinghy was landed nearby at Dee Sailing Club.