Dramatic video shows RNLI responding to a huge container ship in danger of capsizing

RNLI/ Daniel Whiteley

Hoylake’s volunteer crew were paged in the early hours of Friday 24 May and the all-weather Shannon class lifeboat Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood launched within minutes.

The RNLI lifeboat arrived on scene in the River Mersey shortly after launching and found the 294m vessel loaded with containers and listing to starboard away from the river berth.

Her 23 crew members had been evacuated safely to the shore and a number of commercial tugs were already on scene standing by.

The RNLI lifeboat waited a safe distance away from the container ship while some of her crew re-boarded to assess the ship’s condition and attempt to correct her list.

After several hours, once the vessel was upright again, Maritime and Coastguard Agency surveyors were brought on board to check the ship for damage and confirm that she was safe and seaworthy.

Once it was confirmed by the Coastguard that the container ship was no longer at risk, Hoylake RNLI lifeboat was stood down having remained on standby to offer support for a total of 10 hours.

Hoylake RNLI Coxswain Andy Dodd said: ‘Liverpool and the River Mersey are increasingly busy with commercial traffic and this incident shows some of the significant risks that come with operations in a major port.’

‘Thanks to the efforts of the container ship’s crew, they were able to prevent the incident from becoming much more serious and ultimately save their vessel. Hoylake’s volunteer crew were glad to be of service throughout this challenging incident to provide support as needed.’

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