RNLI rescue dog walker cut off by rapid tide on Wirral beach

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Hoylake RNLI launched the hovercraft to assist a person seen cut off by the rising tide just near Meols.

The RNLI launched at 1.55pm and  reach the casualty just two minutes later.

The casualty was walking four dogs along the beach on the far side of a gully, which was rapidly filling with water on the rising tide.

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The person had not realised the speed of the incoming ans was cut off, preventing him from reaching the safety of the embankment.

The crew of the hovercraft rescued him and his dogs to carry them safely to a nearby slipway.

The man was offered advice by Wirral Coastguard after not needing any medical attention.

RNLI Crewman Harry Jones offered this advice; “The sandbanks can look very inviting to walkers but please be aware that they are also extremely dangerous on a rising tide. The water can come in along gullies faster than a person can walk. Please check tide times before venturing out on to the banks.”

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