Your Lifeboats

We have had a busy year again with our lifeboat and hovercraft in action on a regular basis with 40 call outs at the time of writing.

A particular feature of call outs this year has been people cut off by the tide and we can but stress again the need to understand the tide times and learn when its safe to venture onto the sandbanks. The tide sweeps in along gullies rapidly surrounding sandbanks and at different rates according to height of tide and force and direction of wind. The outer sandbanks are usually covered at very least 3 hours before high tide and the inner ones soon after.

Tide times are available on the web, via our website, for smartphone and tablet users Apps are available and they are also produced in booklet form.

Winter also sees many storms hitting our coast often with dramatic seas at New Brighton especially with a North or North West wind blowing. This combined with high tides can see massive waves breaking over the sea wall, fort and lighthouse. With virtually everyone having some sort of camera available its tempting to try and record the action. If you do then stay well away from the slipways they are lethal, use a telephoto lens and keep well away from the sea wall. All sorts of debris carried along with the waves can drop on you from a great height and won’t do you or your camera any good!

If you do end up in the water in these conditions your chance of survival are slim.

Wirral Lifeboat and Maritime Extravaganza – 23rd February 2016

In conjunction with the Light Cinema, New Brighton we are putting on a unique event featuring a series of short films covering the Lifeboats of Wirral from the stations of New Brighton, Hoylake and West Kirby, each one operates quite different craft. This will be followed on with films of ‘The Queens Salute Liverpool’, ‘Battle of the Atlantic 70 year on’, ‘Farewell to HMS Liverpool’ and ‘The Other Three Graces’ – which is to do with historical ships not the Pier Head buildings. Afterwards there will also be a chance to chat to some of the lifeboat crew in the foyer. The films have been produced by local filmmaker Graham Mathews and have not been shown on the big screen before.

Tickets should be available from the *Light Cinema from early December and cost £10 each – this includes entry into a raffle with lots of prizes – perhaps an ideal Xmas stocking filler for those who love the sea!.

* Note: As this is a charity event tickets are only available from the cinema in cash and not via their website

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