News : Two call outs on Sunday
The first call out of Sunday (4th September) came at 9.00am. Liverpool Coastguard requested the immediate launch of the D Class lifeboat to assist a capsized hovercraft with casualties in the water.
The coastguard also dispatched Lytham St Annes Lifeboat's D Class along with the RAF Sea King Helicopter from RAF Valley to the South Gut area of the Ribble Estuary.
Upon arrival the casualties had been picked up by a fishing vessel and taken to a sandbank, the lifeboat crews provided first aid and awaited the arrival of the helicopter. The casualties were checked over by the Paramedic who was winched down from the helicopter and gave them the ok so they decided to walk back to Rainford’s Track. The lifeboat quad bikes were dispatched to escort them back to safety.
The two lifeboats then set about recovering the hovercraft; it was placed on top of the Lytham D Class. The Southport D Class navigated the channels and escorted them back to Southport beach where the hovercraft was placed on the D Class recovery trailer and taken up the beach. Pictures are available on SouthportGB.
The second call out of the day came at 7.15pm. This time Liverpool Coastguard had requested the dispatch of the quad bikes to investigate reports of a 'confused wandering man' off Marine Drive. The quads went down to Rainfords Track to liaise with Southport Coastguard Mobile who had a possible sighting. The quads proceeded to the location but found a group of cocklers who had not seen anyone else. The area was thoroughly searched by the quads, Fire Hovercraft and Police Helicopter. With no further sightings the search was stood down at 9pm. Pictures are available on SouthportGB.
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