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RNLI Hoylake Hovercraft rescues a man cut off by tide at Dove Point, Meols

Lifeboats News Release

On the evening 2 July Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team observed an individual stranded on a sand bank and requested assistance from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

RNLI Hoylake Hovercraft returns from rescue


Volunteer crew members mustered at RNLI Hoylake Lifeboat Station following reports of one person in danger of being cut off by the incoming tide opposite Dove Point slipway in Meols. The hovercraft arrived on the scene and took the casualty on board, before returning him to the slipway where the Coastguard Rescue Team were waiting to ensure he was safe and well.

Hovercraft Commander, Matt Pownall-Jones, said: ‘We always advise people to check daily tide times before they set out for a walk to avoid being caught out.'

The tide rises rapidly along the Wirral coastline and so it is important that walkers consider their safety; remain vigilant and leave plenty of time. If members of the public do see someone in difficulty they should dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

RNLI Hoylake Hovercraft returns from rescue


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