West Kirby RNLI called out to three people stuck on Hilbre Island during late night rescue


RNLI West Kirby were called out to rescue three people from Hilbre Island on Thursday night.

A group of three walkers were experiencing difficulties whilst returning to shore following a walk to Hilbre Island at 9:10pm on Thursday.

RNLI West Kirby reached the casualties who were found at the south end of Middle Hilbre.

Due to the slippy and precarious nature of the rocks one person had fallen and injured his knee.

The injured individual was unable to walk safely to shore despite help from the individuals he was with.

Emergency services were then contacted and the RNLI launched, which once on scene, gave first aid treatment.

The group was transported ashore and met by an awaiting ambulance at the northern end of West Kirby Marine Lake.

Dave Henshaw, RNLI Launching Authority for West Kirby’s RNLI Lifeboat, says: ‘It is always prudent to request support when an injury is incurred in such a location.

“Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard if it is a beach or sea setting to avoid delay. Also, consider the safest route and timing of your excursion.

“Once the sun has set it can become difficult to safely traverse the rocks around Hilbre.”

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