5 adults & 4 children rescued after being cut off by fast flowing West Kirby tide

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CREDIT: Wirral Coastguard

West Kirby lifeboat rescued group of 9 walkers and their dog from Middle Eye.

West Kirby RNLI were called out at 9.57am today due to a group being cut off by incoming tide.

A party of keen walkers, including five adults, four children and a dog, attempted to return to shore, however, due to the speed at which the tide was coming in, found themselves knee-high in water.

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CREDIT: RNLI West Kirby

Rather than continue they sought safety on Middle Eye and the Coastguard was alerted to their situation.

The RNLI charity volunteer crew launched within 15 minutes of receiving the request for assistance and escorted the group in two trips from Middle Eye to Dee Lane, West Kirby.

The casualties were unharmed and did not require any medical assistance and were relieved and grateful to the crew for their rapid response.

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CREDIT: WIrral Coastguard

Dave Henshaw, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for West Kirby’s RNLI Lifeboat, says: “It is important that visitors to Hilbre check the tidal information before setting out and to take appropriate clothing and refreshments.

“There is information concerning tide times and height on the noticeboard opposite to the ice-cream kiosk at the Dee Lane end of the Marine Lake.

“It is important to respect the water and to guard against any hazardous situations.’

Team paged to reports of 9 people cut off on Middle Eye”.

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