Man dies after ‘falling overboard from a boat’ into the river mersey

Emergency services at pier head. Credit: Wirral Coastguard

Merseyside Police is investigating the unexplained death of a man rescued from the River Mersey.

Emergency services were called to Liverpool Pier Head at around 6.40pm on Sunday.

Reports from the coastguard said that a man had fallen overboard from a boat in the River Mersey, believed to have been close to Tranmere Oil Terminal in Wirral.

The man was rescued from the water at the Pier Head and taken to hospital by ambulance. Sadly, he was declared deceased a short time later.

At this point there has been no formal identification of the man.

A post mortem will be carried out to establish a cause of death, which is currently being treated as unexplained. Witness and CCTV enquiries are ongoing.

Wirral Coastguard said: “Team tasked by HM Coastguard to reports of a person in the water near to Tranmere Oil Terminal.

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“As the team were on route to Tranmere, information was received that Marine Fire One had deployed a swimmer into the water in extremely challenging conditions, had recovered a person and were returning to their base at the Pier Head in Liverpool.

“With this information, the team were diverted to Liverpool to assist the crew of Marine Fire One.

“Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, the casualty was sadly declared deceased at hospital.

“This tragic incident will now initiative a multi-agency investigation into the circumstances.

“Our thoughts go out to the family, friends and also the crew of the vessel involved.”