View Full Version : Hovercraft sinks in Ribble Estuary

5-Sep-11, 09:39 AM
Taken from http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/local/rescue_drama_as_craft_sinks_1_3743258

TWO people were pulled from the water after a hovercraft sank in the Ribble Estuary.

The alarm was raised at about 9am yesterday by a fishing boat.

An RAF rescue helicopter was launched as well as two lifeboats – from Lytham and Southport.

The casualties had been in the water for about half an hour by the time help reached them and they were pulled to safety.

They were taken on board by a fishing boat which took them to shore where they refused medical treatment.

It is not known where they are from or why the hovercraft sank.

The stricken craft was later recovered by the RNLI and towed back to shore.

A spokesman for Liverpool Coastguard said: “There were two people in the water in the Ribble Estuary. They had been cockling between Lytham and Southport when their hovercraft sank.

“They had been in the water for about half an hour and a fishing vessel picked up the casualties. It landed them ashore but they refused to be seen by paramedics.”Anyone we know?

5-Sep-11, 03:55 PM
I didn't realise Tristan was taking the Predator out so close to (getting wet) at Claydon......

5-Sep-11, 06:53 PM
maybe they were out there looking for a chinese in morcombe bay?

(old joke but still very sick).

5-Sep-11, 07:03 PM
maybe its the same people who today drove their 4x4 nearly all the way up a nearby mountain and got arrested.

not a joke - its on the news!

5-Sep-11, 08:29 PM
When i advertised our (rather tempremental) F2 racing craft at the end of the 2000 season, we got a genuine enquiry from a guy who wanted to use it for cockle picking on morcambe bay. Needles to say we declined his offer, as in our consideration the combination of salt water, quick sand, techy lift engine and tired thrust engine would not have made a particularly good prospect.

I see that the craft was eventualy recovered, more bouyancy required for the next outing (bit like a Eurocraft in that respect).


7-Sep-11, 01:01 PM
Two up and no life jackets, on what looks like a single seater racing craft (per the pic on the BBC website )- no wonder they were struggling both before and after ploughing in.