WATCH: Safety boat sinks off Wirral coast after being hit by large wave

Crew members of a commercial safety boat had to swim ashore as it began to sink off the coast of New Brighton today.

The boat began taking on water after it had been swamped by a wave and lost power.

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Dramatic footage sent in to our twitter page by @MerseyWatch shows the boat sinking with New Brighton RNLI & Marine fire one nearby.

The owner arranged for anchors to be fixed securing the vessel until the tide dropped leaving it on the beach.

The coastguard thanked the Remember When Wirral Cafè for the provision of hot drinks throughout the incident.

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