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Adult male rescued from Middle Eye by West Kirby RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

West Kirby RNLI inshore lifeboat’s assistance was requested by HM Coastguard at 1:28pm on Sunday (5 March) following an earlier launch request at 12:24pm.

Hagglund BV 206 waiting in the water for the return of the D Class

Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team

Shore crew awaiting the return of West Kirby RNLI D Class 'Seahorse'

A gentleman, on a day trip from Liverpool, was spotted on Middle Eye attempting to return to Dee Lane, West Kirby, but had become surrounded by incoming tide. The charity's volunteer crew were able to offer a quick response for which the gentleman was very thankful following the request for assistance by an off-duty member of the local HM Coastguard team.

The volunteer crew were already in the vicinity due to supporting an earlier incident that had involved four people who were at risk of being cut off by the tide at Dovepoint slipway, Meols. West Kirby RNLI escorted two of the group back to shore and Hoylake RNLI transferred the remaining two individuals.

Ed Rowland, RNLI Deputy Launching Authority for West Kirby’s RNLI Lifeboat, says: ‘It is important that visitors to Hilbre and the surrounding areas check the tidal information before setting out and to take appropriate clothing and refreshments. It is important to respect the water and to guard against potential hazards.’

Notes to editors

  • West Kirby Sea lifeboat station has been operating since 1966. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to
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The photographs show the rescue taking place. Credit: Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team.

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Recovery of West Kirby RNLI D Class 'Seahorse' onto trailer

Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team

Recovery of West Kirby RNLI D Class 'Seahorse'

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