The Hoylake RNLI lifeboat The Lady of Hilbre returned to the station on Thursday after a refit and was back in action just a day later. Crew member Ian Davies reports:
A 34ft Yacht on passage from Douglas in the Isle of Man to Liverpool with 3 persons on board, became disabled after its steering gear failed, Liverpool Coastguard tasked RNLI Hoylake and New Brighton Lifeboats to the casualty which was drifting in the Crosby Channel approach to the port of Liverpool.
New Brighton Lifeboat was first on scene and put a crew member aboard and then took the vessel in tow as the casualty was in the middle of the River and there was a significant amount of traffic in and out of the River Mersey at this time.
The weather was West North West 6 â€“ 7, and after the tow line parted, Hoylake Lifeboat â€œLady of Hilbreâ€ under the command of Coxswain Dave Whiteley made fast their tow rope with the assistance of the member of the New Brighton crew and towed the casualty to the safety of Liverpool Marina.
With the Yacht safe, RNLI Hoylake Lifeboat returned to station at 0110 12/06/2010, RNLI New Brighton Lifeboat was tasked to another incident further up the River Mersey.