Author: Bob Warwick
Just before 11am on Saturday 16th November the RNLI New Brighton’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat B-837 Charles Dibdin was launched to assist a small speed boat with a crew of two on board and reported to be in difficulty in the Leasowe Bay area.
Dave Hicks the helmsman in charge of the lifeboat reported ‘We found the speedboat out from Barber’s Folly in Leasowe Bay and in very shallow water. When we reached them they were minutes away from being grounded on a sand bank. We took them in tow and returned them to New Brighton beach for recovery. It turned out that their main engine had failed a short time after launching from Meols and their auxiliary engine did not have sufficient power to overcome the rapidly receding tide.’
On a safety note he added ‘ We would always recommend that anyone new to the marine environment should undergo some basic training in seamanship, like the courses run by the RYA, and ensure that their craft carries at least flares and VHF Radio and know how to use them. The later item is particularly important as we have equipment on board the lifeboat that can detect the location of the radio signal and then swiftly find the craft in trouble.’
Graham Sale Lifeboat Operations Manager at New Brighton commented ‘On any rescue in addition to the lifeboat crew we also have team on the beach to assist with launch and recovery, tractor driver and management support which adds up to a fair number of people. Behind those volunteers are their partners and families who have to carry on with whatever activity the lifeboat crews dropped when the pager goes off. On a busy Saturday before Xmas that might involve the shopping, changing the baby, transporting children to various activities, visiting family or whatever they were involved in. Without that vital support the RNLI and our volunteers could not function and its something that its important to remember particularly at this time of year. To put it into context we have had 63 call outs so far this year’