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West Kirby lifeboat rescues group of walkers and their dog from Middle Eye

Lifeboats News Release

West Kirby RNLI inshore lifeboat’s assistance was requested by HM Coastguard at 9.57am today due to a group being cut off by incoming tide.

A party of keen walkers, including five adults, four children and a dog, attempted to return to shore. However, due to the speed at which the tide was coming in, found themselves knee-high in water. Rather than continue they sought safety on Middle Eye and the Coastguard was alerted to their situation.

The RNLI charity volunteer crew launched within 15 minutes of receiving the request for assistance and escorted the group in two trips from Middle Eye to Dee Lane, West Kirby. The casualties were unharmed and did not require any medical assistance. The walkers were relieved and grateful to the crew for their rapid response. They had underestimated the height of the tide and that it is necessary to leave Hilbre Island at least three and a half hours before high water on large tides of 9 metres or more.

Dave Henshaw, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for West Kirby’s RNLI Lifeboat, says: ‘It is important that visitors to Hilbre check the tidal information before setting out and to take appropriate clothing and refreshments. There is information concerning tide times and height on the noticeboard opposite to the ice-cream kiosk at the Dee Lane end of the Marine Lake. It is important to respect the water and to guard against any hazardous situations.’

RNLI Media Contact

For more information, contact Vicky Gaskin, West Kirby RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07796 237824.

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