The RNLI were called out to assist the vessel which had become stuck amid heavy rain and very poor visibility

A yacht was grounded off the coast of

Liverpool on Friday amid large and choppy swells, very poor visibility and

force 6 winds.

Crew onboard the 27ft yacht contacted the

RNLI for help after getting stuck off the Queens channel on the approach to the

River Mersey.

Two lifeboats were launched around 6pm and

rescue teams were able to find the yacht in the dark.

An RNLI spokesperson said: “We eventually

found the yacht, which had managed to get afloat on the incoming tide, in a

dangerous position near to the Training Wall at the edge of the Queens channel

just off from the busy sea lane.

“We put crewman Stu Ward on board of the

yacht to assist the journey to Liverpool Marina.”

The two grateful crewmembers were escorted

to safety and the RNLI returned to their station around 9pm.

New Brighton’s lifeboat operations manager Graham

Sale said: “It was a difficult night for our crew, weather conditions were foul

and it was a long cold job.

“Dedication and training made it possible

for all to return safely as the outcome could have been radically different.

“No matter how well equipped it is

important to remember that if an unexpected and hazardous situation does arise

the sooner that emergency services are alerted the better as delay can compound

the situation.”

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