Volunteers from RNLI Hoylake Lifeboat Station rescue a man stuck in the mud

Lifeboats News Release

At 11:35am on 2 August RNLI Hoylake Lifeboat station were tasked by the UK Coastguard to assist a person stuck in the mud in Leasowe Bay, offshore from Leasowe Castle.

The man had been walking on the beach when he got into difficulty. RNLI Lifeguards were on the scene, but could not reach the casualty due to the hazardous beach conditions.

RNLI Hoylake launched their hovercraft H-005 Hurley Spirit and the crew found the casualty stuck up to his knees with the tide flooding in close by. The crew deployed mud boards to support the casualty in the thick mud. They were able to free his legs and recover him on board the hovercraft before the tide covered the area.

The casualty was assessed and required no immediate medical attention. The RNLI volunteers transported him back to Hoylake Lifeboat Station where UK Coastguard and Northwest Ambulance Service officers were waiting to meet him.

Hovercraft Crew member, Dave Noble, said; ‘The mud around the Wirral coast can be very dangerous and local beach conditions change regularly. With fast flooding tide, if it hadn’t been for the prompt and coordinated efforts of all emergency services, the outcome could have been very different.’

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.

The RNLI has four inshore rescue hovercrafts in operation across the UK. These are designed to reach areas inaccessible to conventional lifeboats, extending the charity’s lifesaving capability around the coast.

Volunteers of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution are on standby 24 hours a day ready to fulfil their duty in search and rescue operations.

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RNLI Hoylake volunteers demonstrate a safe hovercraft rescue

RNLI/Victoria Phipps

RNLI Hoylake volunteers demonstrate a safe hovercraft rescue
RNLI Hoylake's hovercraft returns to station after successful mud rescue

RNLI/Dan Whiteley

RNLI Hoylake's hovercraft returns to station after successful mud rescue

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