Hoylake lifeboat rescues stranded angling boat crew


Hoylake RNLI rescued crew from an angling boat which suffered engine failure in Liverpool bay.

The alarm was raised just before 5pm on Saturday 10 November when the vessel lost power with four people on board.

The lifeboat located the vessel almost 11 miles offshore, just inside the approaches to the main channel into the Port of Liverpool.

The crew had lowered an anchor to prevent them drifting into the busy shipping lanes and the decision was taken to tow the boat to Liverpool marina.

Hoylake RNLI Coxswain Howie Owen said: “The casualties made the right call by alerting the Coastguard when they found themselves in difficulty near the busy shipping lanes of the River Mersey.’

“Mechanical failure is the single biggest cause of rescue call outs to sailing and motor cruisers, accounting for nearly 20 per cent of all RNLI lifeboat launches. If you get into difficulty at sea, always call the Coastguard on VHF Channel 16 or by dialling 999.”

Photo credit: Hoylake RNLI