Hoylake Lifeboat Station News

Dec 29, 2007

Liverpool Coastguard requested the launch of Hoylake Lifeboat to assist in a search in the River Mersey. The Lifeboat launched into a North Westerly force 10 storm, driving rain and severely reduced visibility.

Hoylake Lifeboat sped towards the River Mersey to assist New Brighton Lifeboat and Merseyside Fire and Rescue's Marine Fire 1 in the search for a reported man overboard from a yacht at Bromborough. The incident turned out to be a false alarm with good intent and all 3 units were stood down. The RNLI lifeboats returned to station.

Dec 5, 2007

Whilst in contact with Liverpool V.T.S Port Control Office over a pilotage booking matter, Hoylake Lifeboat's Operations Manager became aware of the fact that the Liverpool Pilot launch "Dunlin", with three persons on board was in difficulties in the Crosby Channel.

An electrical fire had broken out in the engine room and the crew of the launch were in the process of extinguishing the flames with the fixed fire-fighting system.  The pilotage Manager, in a swift discussion with Hoylake's LOM, agreed that an immediate launch of the Hoylake all-weather lifeboat was necessary as a possible lifesaving measure, for there were no other vessels in the vicinity.

"The Lady of Hilbre", Hoylake's Mersey Class Lifeboat, launched and sped towards the casualty.  The pilot launch's crew and the pilot on board had managed to drop an anchor, which initially failed to hold, as with a wind in excess of 30 knots from the west and the start of the flood tide, conditions were far from favourable for anchoring such a small craft. As luck would have it the anchor caught the mooring chains of the C8 channel buoy and the cable held, preventing the pilot launch from being swept by wind and tide onto the Crosby Sands.  Time was of the essence as the westerly swell could possibly have caused the anchor cable to part.

Liverpool Coastguard requested further assistance from New Brighton Lifeboat and the RAF Search and Rescue Helicopter from RAF Valley.  All three SAR units arrived at the casualty at approximately the same time and it was decided that the Hoylake Lifeboat should make fast a towing-rope. The lifeboat was manoeuvred into position for the tow to be passed and secured in the ever-worsening conditions. With the line secured and the launch's anchor recovered, the lifeboat proceeded to the safety of the deep-water channel and then onwards to the Liverpool Langton Lock.  Having secured the tow in the lock with a second pilot launch, which had also been despatched to the casualty in attendance, the lifeboat returned to station.

Dec 1, 2007

Liverpool Coastguard requested the attendance of Talus Tractor T95 to a Paracart that had been blown to the east on the Hoyle Bank. The tide was flooding fast and Coastguard at Liverpool were concerned for the rider's safety. On approaching the reported position the tractor was returned to station as the casualty had waded ashore through the incoming tide.

Nov 11, 2007

On returning from the Remembrance Day parade at the cenotaph, Hoylake Lifeboat was asked to support West Kirby Lifeboat which had launched to a kite surfer who had been missing for 2 hours. The casualty was picked up shortly after the inshore lifeboat had launched and Hoylake Lifeboat was stood down.

Oct 30, 2007

A man was observed walking towards the sea at about 1400hrs. Hoylake Lifeboat's mechanic contacted Liverpool Coastguard, who promptly dispatched 2 auxiliaries to the lifeboat station.

Liverpool Coastguard requested Hoylake's Talus tractor T99 attend the scene with the 2 coastguards. The man was apparently going for a swim, but he was informed of the dangers and returned to the beach.

Sep 16, 2007

Whilst on exercise for the start of the Clipper Yacht Race, Hoylake Lifeboat was requested to assist New Brighton Lifeboat who had put a crew member aboard and had started to tow a vessel that had been dismasted. Hoylake Lifeboat went alongside the vessel to allow 2 of its crew members to be put aboard.

The crew assisted in getting the mast cleared and secured aboard the vessel, which was then towed towards the leeward side of the River Mersey by New Brighton Lifeboat. Once the mast and rigging were cleared the vessel proceeded to Liverpool Marina under its own steam.

Jul 28, 2007

Whilst on exercise in the River Mersey, Hoylake Lifeboat was contacted by Liverpool Coastguard and tasked to a 32ft angling vessel that had engine problems. The vessel was anchored in the vicinity of the Brazil buoy in the entrance to the River Mersey. The lifeboat went alongside the casualty in rough seas that occur in close proximity to the Old Rock Channel. Once it was established that the casualty's engine was unserviceable, a tow was connected and the vessel was taken to the safety of Liverpool Commercial docks via Langton lock. The lifeboat then returned to station.

Jul 12, 2007

A 10m yacht with 3 persons on 6 miles west of the Bar Light requested the assistance of a lifeboat from Liverpool Coastguard due to a faulty gearbox, rendering the engine unserviceable. Hoylake Lifeboat launched to the casualty where a crew member was put aboard the vessel and a tow was secured. The casualty was towed to the safety of Liverpool Marina and the lifeboat returned to station.

Jul 4, 2007

Liverpool Coastguard launched Hoylake Lifeboat to assist a lone yachtsman on passage from the Isle of Mann to Conwy, as he was off course and exhausted in heavy weather.

The lifeboat made best sped towards the casualty given the near gale force winds and very rough seas, to find the casualty was not in the position given. Instead he was 4 miles away, swiftly located by the lifeboat’s radar.

A lifeboat crew member was transferred to the casualty in very rough conditions to assist the yachtsman, where a tow rope was attached. The vessel was taken to the safety of Liverpool Commercial docks, where she was berthed by shore helpers from the lifeboat station.

Jun 17, 2007

Whilst engaged on a routine exercise in the River Mersey to support the re-enactment of the Monks Ferry crossing, crew members noticed three persons in the water just off Seacombe Ferry Terminal. As the lifeboat sped to their assistance, it became apparent that they had fallen off a jet ski which was floating nearby.

Two persons remounted the jet ski and one other, who appeared to be winded, was brought aboard the Lifeboat. After it was decided that the casualty was okay, she was transferred to New Brighton Lifeboat who took her back to New Brighton.

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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