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RNLI West Kirby Lifeboat rescues party of walkers and pet dog

Lifeboats News Release

This afternoon RNLI West Kirby Lifeboat’s assistance was requested by HM Coastguard to assist a group of walkers who had become cut off on rocks by a fast incoming tide in between Middle Hilbre and Little Eye.

The volunteer crew quickly launched and upon reaching the casualties transferred them into RNLI West Kirby’s lifeboat, ‘Seahorse’. The group had become anxious when the tide soon surrounded them despite not being immediately visible when they had departed Middle Hilbre.

The casualties were met by HM Coastguard at Sandy Lane, West Kirby. They, and their pet dog, were unharmed and did not require any medical assistance. Further advice regarding tide times was given.

Dave Henshaw, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for West Kirby’s RNLI Lifeboat, says: 'The tide can soon surround you particularly in the area by Hilbre, Middle Hilbre and Little Eye. Details regarding tide times and heights can be found online and are also located on a noticeboard opposite to the ice-cream kiosk at Dee Lane. However, always contact HM Coastguard if you feel concerned for your own or someone else’s safety in that vicinity, or elsewhere on any beach.'

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