59 year old man collapses and dies off West Kirby coast near Hilbre Island

West Kirby this morning - CREDIT: Stephen Christley
West Kirby Coastguard Helicopter on scene this morning – CREDIT: Stephen Christley

A major operation was launched this morning after a cockle picker collapsed and died of a suspected heart attack just off the coast of West Kirby.

The 59 year old man collapsed in between West Kirby coast and Hilbre Island before and was reported to have no pulse.

Emergency services are called just before 8am, a coastguard rescue helicopter attended the scene to airlift the man to Arrowe Park Hospital.

The search and rescue operation also included West Kirby lifeboat service.

West Kirby lifeboat station’s operations manager Dave Henshaw told the Wirral Globe: “We were called at around 7.50am to rescue a 51-year-old cockler. We launched at 8.04am and went to the scene.

“It was reported that the man had no pulse, so CPR was carried out in a bid to resuscitate him.

“Unfortunately, these attempts were unsuccessful.

“There was an amazing response from coastguard, lifeboat and West Kirby Lifeboat crew getting to the casualty so quickly.”

Hilbre Island lies about 1 mile from Red Rocks in West Kirby, the nearest part of the mainland of the Wirral.