Hoylake Lifeboat Station News

Dec 13, 2008

Liverpool Coastguard tasked Hoylake Lifeboat to a tug that was towing a large unmanned barge 2 miles west of the Bar Lightfloat on passage to the North Rhyl windfarm, when an engineer suffered a serious head injury.

With a paramedic crew member on board, the Lady of Hilbre made best speed to the casualty, arriving on scene just minutes after RAF Search & Rescue helicopter Rescue 122 also arrived. The RNLI Lifeboat stood by while the winchman was lowered onto the deck of the tug and prepared the casualty for winching and eventual transfer to hospital. Once this had been completed and the helicopter was safely underway, Hoylake Lifeboat returned to station.

Dec 1, 2008

Whilst working at the lifeboat station, Hoylake RNLI’s Head Launcher spotted an ambulance that appeared to be searching for something. Looking through the binoculars, the Head Launcher spotted what appeared to be a casualty on the beach between the lifeboat station and Beach road. 2 crew members, one of whom was a paramedic, made their way towards the casualty and the ambulance and advised the crew of the best route to the young girl who had fallen from her horse.

After it became apparent that the girl had sustained serious injuries, and the ambulance would not be able to get to the casualty, the local Air Ambulance was called to transfer her to hospital. The beach was cleared of obstacles by the lifeboat crew to allow the aircraft to land safely. With the helicopter on scene, the casualty was transferred on board successfully.

Nov 13, 2008

When a 20m yacht broke down with engine problems in the channel entrance to the River Mersey, Liverpool Coastguard requested the launch of Hoylake Lifeboat to assist. The casualty was anchored in a dangerous position, which would worsen when the tide turned.

The Lady of Hilbre made best speed towards the casualty, whose crew had managed to restart her engine. The casualty was heading towards the Liverpool Marina, escorted by New Brighton Lifeboat and Merseyside Fire & Rescue’s Marine Fire One.

Sep 12, 2008

Liverpool Coastguard requested the launch of Hoylake Lifeboat to evacuate a 64 year old crew member of the large cargo vessel Atlas Amelia. The Lifeboat sped towards the vessel which was moored approximately 2 miles south of the Bar Lightbuoy, at the entrance to the River Mersey.

The captain of the vessel had been in discussion with a doctor in Aberdeen, after which it was decided that the best and most comfortable method for the casualty to be evacuated would be by lifeboat. 2 crew members were transferred aboard the Atlas Amelia to assess the casualty, where they immobilised the injured man’s dislocated shoulder.

After the casualty was transferred to the Lifeboat, they headed to Woodside landing stage and a waiting ambulance.

Aug 17, 2008

Liverpool Coastguard requested the crew of Hoylake Lifeboat to attend a lady who was badly injured after she fell from her horse on the beach between the lifeboat station and Red Rocks on Hoylake beach.

The crew boarded the small recovery trailer towed by Tractor Bravo, and complete with stretchers and first aid kit proceeded towards the casualty. Upon arrival at the scene, the North West Air Ambulance was landing and Paramedics had also arrived.

After the casualty was stabilised, the lifeboat crew assisted placing the lady in the helicopter and returned to station. The horse was safely returned to its stable.

Jul 30, 2008

Liverpool Coastguard requested the launch of Hoylake Lifeboat to retrieve a 22ft yacht that had apparently been released from its moorings at Heswall. The lifeboat, headed towards the casualty’s position as reported by the rig stand-by vessel Vos Inspirer, which had launched one of their smaller rescue craft and taken the yacht under tow. The vessel was a potential hazard to navigation and was drifting in the vicinity of theDouglas gas platform, 16 miles North West of Hoylake Lifeboat station.

On arrival at the casualty, the lifeboat went alongside to transfer crew members aboard, releasing the tow from the stand-by vessel and attaching a tow from the lifeboat.

Due to weather conditions, towing the yacht was a slow process. The decision was made to tow the vessel to Hoylake, where the lifeboat would be met by the Hoylake Sailing Club launch. With the casualty safe on mooring, the lifeboat returned to station.

Jun 9, 2008

Hoylake Lifeboat was launched to assist a yacht that had run aground while approaching the River Dee. The 31ft Mirqui class catamaran with 2 persons on board had run aground in an unconfirmed location. Three possible positions were given as the casualty’s GPS was inaccurate. The casualty was located by Hoylake Lifeboat’s sophisticated radar and direction finding equipment prior to launch.

On reaching the casualty, 2 crew members boarded the vessel to assist with recovery. The vessel was bound for her moorings atWest Kirbyafter leaving Milford Haven.

With the casualty safe in deep water, it was decided that the Hoylake Lifeboat would stand by the casualty until she could be safely moored up. With this achieved, the lifeboat returned to station.

Apr 18, 2008

Hoylake Lifeboat was launched to assist a burns victim on board a ship bound for the portof Liverpool. The captain of the MV Pembroke Fisher called Liverpool Coastguard for advice after the Chief Engineer suffered severe burns to his arms. The coastguard patched the call through to a doctor in Aberdeen. The doctor stressed the importance of getting the casualty ashore as soon as possible. Liverpool Coastguard requested the launch of Hoylake all-weather Lifeboat and RAF Search & Rescue helicopter Rescue 122.

The lifeboat launched and proceeded at full speed towards the casualty, 2.2 miles South West of the Mersey Bar light vessel. Both rescue units arrived on scene at the same time. Due to the nature of the Chief Engineer’s injuries, it was decide that the helicopter would be the best option for evacuation.

Hoylake Lifeboat stayed on scene until the lift had been completed and the aircraft was safely on its way to Whiston Burns Unit, then returned to station.

Feb 23, 2008

Hoylake Lifeboat crew were alerted to a gentleman who had been cut off by the fast flooding tide. As the crew were mustering to take the Tallus Tractor to pick up the casualty, Hoylake's Second Coxswain rescued the man on his quad bike.


Jan 16, 2008

Liverpool Coastguard requested the assistance of Hoylake Lifeboat Tallus T99 Tractor when it was feared that members of the public could be in danger. A dog was spotted on the East Hoyle sand bank, which had run across a gutter to the North West of Meols and had got cut off by the tide at 2 hours to high water.

Passers by attempted to assist the distraught owner recover the animal by trying to follow it across the gutter. The tractor managed to shepherd the exhausted dog back to the beach and it relieved owner before returning to station.



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