WATCH: Hoylake RNLI hovercraft launches to search for 5 people lost in dense fog

Hoylake RNLI were called out on the night of Halloween to search for persons heard shouting for help in dense fog on the North Wirral coast.

Members of the public heard shouts for help and dialed 999 from the sandbanks near the old Derby Pool site at Harrison Drive.

A group of five people were lost on the beach and so the RNLI hovercraft was launched in darkness and in thick swirling fog to search along the shoreline.

It became apparent later that the group of 5 people had made their own way to shore.

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Dave Whiteley, Hoylake RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: “They did the right thing and did not put themselves at risk. It is extremely dangerous to venture out on to the sandbanks without local knowledge.

These people went out onto the banks in the dark, in thick fog and with a rising tide.

They were very lucky to come ashore alive.

If you want to explore the sandbanks, find out when and where it is safe to go from local RNLI lifeboat stations or lifeguards, Coastguards, sailing clubs or fishermen.

Look for warning notices and follow the advice. Don’t risk your life and the lives of those who may be called on to rescue you.”

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