People pulled from water after high winds capsized dinghies

West Kirby RNLI made a spectacular rescue after a fleet of dinghies capsized on the River Dee in high winds.

The West Kirby RNLI Lifeboat volunteer crew quickly assembled and launched after a sudden gust hit a fleet of laser lifeboats on the River Dee.

The wind speed increased from 25 to 40 knots causing all the dinghies to capsize during a practice session.

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The dinghy crew was rescued from the water and brought ashore. Some crew members received first aid from RNLI volunteers.

West Kirkby RNLI searched the area to ensure all dinghy crew were present.



West Kirby RNLI made a spectacular rescue after a fleet of dinghies capsized on the River Dee.

Four of the canoes were recovered and brought ashore, three of which were missing.

Andy Brown, West Kirby RNLI Deputy Launching Authority, said: “In what was an unforeseen event, the event organizers rightly contacted the Coastguard asking for assistance. Even the people better prepared and more experienced can get in trouble.

“The sea can be extremely unpredictable and even more so with high wind conditions. Never hesitate to call 999 and ask the coast guard if anyone is in danger near or on the water.”

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