WATCH: RNLI lifeboat battles rough seas to rescue man and dog

RNLI rescue

The RNLI has released the video of the dramatic rescue of a man and his dog, which took place in 2020 in New Brighton, Merseyside. In the video, the lifeboat crew is seen battling rough seas as they work to rescue the casualties – two people and a dog.

Sadly, while one man and his dog were pulled to safety, the other casualty, a woman, lost her life. Now, the lifeguard and volunteers from New Brighton have been awarded a Merseyside Police Chief Constable’s commendation in the presence of the man they saved, Niall.

You can watch a video of the rescue below:

The commendation was awarded to RNLI helm, Michael Stannard, crew members Oz Ramsey, Emily Craven and Thomas McGinn along with RNLI lifeguard senior Lifeguard Cameron Jacobie. Members of the public and a police constable were also awarded for their interventions during the incident.

Niall said, “Meeting the RNLI crew and lifeguards for the first time was an emotional occasion, but something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I will forever be in their debt. The RNLI do such an incredible job and the New Brighton volunteers should be so very proud of what they did that day in such horrendous conditions. I’m so pleased they are receiving this recognition from Merseyside Police, which is so very well deserved.”

 The RNLI on the Wirral have received a Merseyside Police Chief Constable commendation

Ian Thornton, RNLI New Brighton Lifeboat Operations Manager, said, “This commendation is an honour for the New Brighton crew and the lifeguards who went to offer assistance, it is heartening for us to be recognised in this way. However, this was a tragic incident, and our thoughts remain with the family that were involved in this very difficult service.

“As a crew, the volunteers always launch in the aim to save every one; unfortunately, this isn’t always possible. The team of RNLI New Brighton are extremely proud of all our team. Without doubt, they saved the lives of the male casualty and the dog that day.”

Images and video by RNLI


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