Wirral RNLI team rescue man cut off by the sea during the “largest tide of the month”


RNLI West Kirby Lifeboat were called out by the coastguard Coastguard on Monday after a man became cut off by incoming tide.

Even though the man was trapped and sheltering from the rain behind a concrete post on Little Eye Island, he had signalled that he wanted to spend the tide there.

The tide was 9.38 metres, the biggest of the month and would provide a limited safe space due to the size of Little Eye.

He decided to return to shore when he knew that there would be people looking out for him until the tide went out.

The volunteer crew also advised that if he wanted to do that in future he should contact the coastguard Coastguard to notify them of his intention.

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The man was unharmed and did not require any medical assistance.

Dave Henshaw, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for West Kirby’s RNLI Lifeboat, says: “It is important that visitors check the tidal information before setting out and that they 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.”

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