Firefighters tow driftwood from River Mersey to New Brighton pirate ship


Driftwood turned to ‘gift wood’ when Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service’s Marine Rescue Unit delivered a huge piece of wood to The Black Pearl pirate ship attraction in New Brighton, Wallasey.

The log was drifting in the River Mersey and posed a danger to ships and the MFRS Marine Fire One Rescue boat was deployed to remove it.

Instead of disposing of it the team thought it might be make an excellent addition to The Black Pearl and towed it to Cosy Cove in New Brighton where the driftwood pirate ship sits proudly on the shore.

The pirates were very pleased with their new booty and are planning to use it as part of the attraction.

Iain Holgate, Team Leader at Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service’s Marine Rescue Unit, said: “We have some good contacts at The Black Pearl and when we were tasked to remove the driftwood from the River Mersey we got in touch with the team at Cosy Cove as we thought it would make a perfect addition to the pirate ship.

“We were glad to be able to engage with the community in this way and happy to contribute to the famous Black Pearl.”

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