RNLI rescue two teens cut off by rising tide on Hilbre Island

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RNLI West Kirby Lifeboat was launched after 2 people were cut off by the tide on Hilbre Island.

They recovered the casualties, cold and wet, but otherwise unharmed, to shore, where they were met by the team who gave suitable advice.

HM Coastguard requested the launch of Seahorse the West Kirby RNLI inshore Lifeboat today shortly after 5pm.

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The teenagers, an 18 year old male and a fifteen year old female contacted the HM Coastguard to request assistance after being cut off by the incoming tide whilst visiting Hilbre Island.

The charities’ RNLI volunteers launched the lifeboat twenty minutes before high water and reached the two casualties within ten minutes from leaving the Lifeboat Station.

On arrival at the scene an RNLI crew member collected the two from the Island and transferred them onto the waiting Lifeboat that delivered them to HM Coastguards who were waiting at Sandy Lane slipway.

Although cold and wet the two casualties did not require any medical attention and were grateful to the volunteers for their assistance.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Dave Henshaw stated that it is most important when visiting the Island to check the tidal information beforehand and to take warm clothing and refreshment particularly this early in the year.

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