She was one of the RNLI 's three lifeboat escort and formed part of the cortège of three magnificent Cunard Liners as they sailed majestically down over one million people at the event followed by millions more on TV and other media worldwide.
The Her Majesty the Queen was joined on the river by Hoylake's Shannon class all-weather lifeboat 13-06 Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood and New Brighton’s inshore lifeboat B-837 Charles Dibdin. Although forming part of the escort they were also on standby should their services be called upon. With unprecedented crowds visiting the event their was a significant risk that someone would end up in the water.
In addition RNLI Lifeguards were on duty safeguarding the vast crowds on the Wirral and Crosby shores endeavouring to minimise the dangers of people going into the water, being cut off by the incoming tide or stuck in extensive areas of mud or soft sand.
Supporting the lifeguards New Brighton's hovercraft H-007 Samburgh was patrolling the area between New Brighton and Seacombe on the Wirral bank helping police the sands and groynes to keep people safe from getting stuck in mud or by the incoming tide, prevention being better rescue.
Cheering crowds thronged both banks of the River Mersey as the Queen Elizabeth led the parade escorted by the Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood followed by Queen Victoria by the Her Majesty the Queen as escort and finally Cunard's 150,000 ton flagship Queen Mary 2 by the Charles Dibdin sailed into port with horns sounding. After passing Liverpool's Pier Head they proceeded to do their choreographed synchronised 'river dance' against the backdrop of the Three Graces, a world heritage site which includes the Cunard Building, the company’s headquarters from 1916-1967 and topped off overhead when the Red Arrows when they flew over.
Cunard’s fleet of three Queens were the biggest ships ever to sail in formation down the Mersey. Liverpool is the companies spiritual home where they began back in 1840 and the history of Liverpool and Cunard have been closely linked ever since.
After the event the RNLI lifeguards reported that there were many thousands of people on the beaches of Wirral and Crosby. They took preventative action keeping the sandbanks areas and groynes safe by escorting people to safe ground before the tide was came in. On the beaches they were involved in providing information, advice plus providing first aid in two serious cases, dealing with reports of missing persons and responding along with the hovercraft to a potential mud rescue.
Lytham crewmember Andy Hall on board of Her Majesty the Queen commented “It felt like a moment in history as we sailed down the side of the Queens. It was quite an experience with the Queen Victoria towering above us and thousands of people waving and cheering as we reached the Pier Head followed by the spectacle of the 'river dance' and flypast by the Red Arrows”
He added 'My arms are still aching from all the waving!'
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