Water Safety During Three Queens Event


The photo shows the Marine Rescue Unit on the River Mersey. Photo by Roger Green, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is urging people to take care along the coastline during the Three Queens event.

The event, which is being held between May 24 and May 26, will see the Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 liners come together on the river on May 25.

During the event, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is advising people to take extra special care along the waterfront.

Group Manager Kevin Longshaw, from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “The Three Queens event will be a fantastic spectacle and we are aware people will want to get the best view possible for this one off event. We would urge people to stay within the areas monitored by the lifeguard teams and not stray onto unprotected areas of the coastline.

“There are hazards people may not be aware of including mud which can result in persons becoming trapped. We want people to enjoy the upcoming event, but encourage everyone to be vigilant and remain safe.

“We would also like to advise people on the river to be aware that there will be exclusion zones in place in the water around the ships.

“Our Marine Rescue Unit and the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Search and Rescue Team will be operating the Marine Rescue Unit’s boat Marine Fire One, another rescue boat along with two jet skis while the flotilla is on the River Mersey for the parade.

“Any crafts on the river on the day should make sure they have adequate communications equipment on board to call for assistance in an emergency. Those on the river should take some kind of mobile communication that can be used on the water and in an emergency.

“Marine VHF radios are recommended but a waterproof mobile phone is also useful. Make sure they have plenty of battery life. Always wear a life jacket or buoyancy aid and keep your equipment well maintained. Broken engines, ripped sails, damaged paddles and not enough fuel can result in an enjoyable day being ruined.”


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