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RNLI New Brighton volunteers tasked to a person at risk of tidal cut off

Lifeboats News Release

The lifeboat crew launched to a man on a sea defence wall at 8.25pm on 25 June 2018. At the scene, a local fisherman headed back to shore after being advised that the incoming tide was due to flood the area.

RNLI lifeboat on trailer near shoreline ready to be tranported back to the boathouse.

RNLI/Carol Greensmith

RNLI lifeboat recovered ready to return to the boathouse on 25 June 2018

RNLI lifeboat volunteers were near-simultaneously alerted by both a member of the public and UK Coastguard, to a man about to be cut off by the tide at the sea defence known locally as ‘The Hole in the Wall’ out from the New Brighton Pierrot roundabout on Kings Parade. The RNLI team was tasked to the scene at 8.14pm.

Although the water was calm and there was no wind, on arriving at the popular fishing spot RNLI lifeboat crew advised a local fisherman that the area was about to flood with the incoming tide. The RNLI crew waited as the man decided to head back to shore so that they were certain of his safety.

RNLI volunteers returned to the lifeboat station at 8.45pm and prepared the lifeboat for service.

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