Hoylake Lifeboat Station News

Dec 20, 2011

On hearing that the pilot vessel Petrel had lost an engine and was taking on water in theMersey channel, a crew member contacted the Hoylake Lifeboat Operations Manager. After a swift discussion with Liverpool Coastguard, it was decided to launch Hoylake’s all-weather Lifeboat.

The Lady of Hilbre made best speed towards the casualty, which at this time was under tow from pilot vessel Dunlin. Hoylake Lifeboat and Marine Fire One escorted both Pilot launches safely into the lock at Langton.

Aug 12, 2011

After a member of the public reported seeing a number of kayakers in the River Mersey, they were concerned for the safety of the boaters and called Liverpool Coastguard, Three RNLI units where dispatched to the area and carried out a thorough search as directed by the Coastguard.

Jun 26, 2011

When a 12m RIB with 2 persons on board lost power in the entrance to the River Mersey, Liverpool Coastguard immediately requested the launch of Hoylake Lifeboat.

The Lady Of Hilbre made best speed towards the casualty's position between Q7 and Q9 channel buoys at the entrance to the River Mersey. On arrival at the scene it was established that the vessel had neither propulsion nor steering. It was decided that Hoylake Lifeboat would tow the vessel to Liverpool Marina. On arrival at the Marina, the casualty was passed to another local vessel entering the lock from the River Mersey, allowing the RNLI Lifeboat to remain outside the dock system should another call come.

May 16, 2011

Hoylake RNLI Lifeboat was requested to launch by Liverpool Coastguard after a fishing vessel suffered major engine failure. The casualty was under tow from another fishing vessel in the Bar area approach to the River Mersey as the lifeboat launched.

The Lady of Hilbre sped towards the casualty as the tow had parted several times. On arrival on scene, the two vessels seemed to have the tow in hand and were making headway, so the Lifeboat escorted the vessels to Langton Lock where the crew assisted getting the casualty alongside. Once this operation was safely completed, the Lifeboat returned to station.

May 1, 2011

Liverpool Coastguard requested that the Hoylake Lifeboat go to a state of immediate readiness as a Ryan Air passenger plane carrying 150 people was experiencing hydraulic problems and was unable to land at Liverpool'sJohnLennonAirport.

The Lifeboat was fully crewed and ready to launch. However it was eventually stood down by the Coastguard as the aircraft had landed safely.

Apr 24, 2011

 A 10m angling vessel with 10 persons on board was fishing north of the Douglas Gas Platform in the Irish Sea when the skipper reported engine problems. Liverpool Coastguard requested the launch of Hoylake's all-weather Lifeboat, which located the vessel and towed her to the safety of the River Mersey. The Lifeboat then returned to station.

Apr 22, 2011

A dive boat with a crew of 5 had broken down just north of Rhyl. Coastguards decided to request the launch of Rhyl RNLI Lifeboat, which towed the casualty to the edge of Hoylake Lifeboat’s operational area. Hoylake Lifeboat took the vessel in tow to the safety of Liverpool.

Apr 2, 2011

In the early hours of Saturday morning, Liverpool Coastguard received a call from a Scottish scallop dredger reporting major gearbox problems that resulted in total loss of propulsion and subsequent grounding onTaylor’s Bank, adjacent to the entrance of the River Mersey.

Hoylake RNLI Lifeboat launched at Coastguard's request and made best speed toward the 25m dredger.

Due to language issues with the crew of the casualty, New Brighton Lifeboat also launched to transfer crew from Hoylake ALB to make fast a tow line. Once the line was connected, the vessel was taken to Langton Lock, where both Lifeboats were stood down and returned to station. Another fishing vessel took the casualty to a berth inside the dock system.

Mar 9, 2011

 When Liverpool Coastguard received a Mayday from two vessels in the River Mersey, RNLI rescue units from Hoylake and New Brightonwere requested to launch. Just after Hoylake's all-weather Lifeboat had launched into a west by north severe gale, the casualties were found to be safe, and the Lady of Hilbre returned to station.


Feb 7, 2011

Two people and their dogs were saved by Hoylake crew members after they had wandered out on the East Hoyle bank with the tide flooding very fast due to a combination of a 9m tide and 60 knot wind. The casualties were spotted from the lifeboat station and Liverpool Coastguard were informed. The Coastguard immediately requested Hoylake RNLI Tractor Bravo be dispatched to the aid of the couple.

In the severe wind the tractor reached the casualties before the tide and on arrival to the scene, the couple were found to be extremely exhausted. With the tide lapping around the wheels of the trailer as the casualties boarded, the tractor returned to station.




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