RNLI West Kirby Lifeboat rescues lone walker on Little Eye

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI West Kirby Lifeboat’s assistance was requested by HM Coastguard this afternoon due to an individual being cut off by incoming tide.

The RNLI charity volunteer crew launched soon after receiving the request for assistance. Upon reaching Little Eye it became apparent that the man had wanted to spend the tide there. The tide was 9.38 metres, the biggest of the month and, therefore, providing limited safe space due to the size of Little Eye.

The volunteer crew located the casualty sheltering from the driving rain behind a concrete post. He decided to return to shore when he knew that there would be people looking out for him until the tide went out. The volunteer crew also advised that if he wanted to do that in future he should contact HM Coastguard to notify them of his intention.

The casualty was met by HM Coastguard at Dee Lane, West Kirby. He was unharmed and did not require any medical assistance. Further safety advice was given.

Dave Henshaw, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for West Kirby’s RNLI Lifeboat, says: ‘It is important that visitors check the tidal information before setting out and that they 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.’

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