Two young girls rescued after being cut off by the tide on a Wirral beach

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Wirral rescue teams rushed to reports of people cut off by the incoming tide on a sandbank on Leasowe Bay.

Hoylake RNLI teams launched their hovercraft to the scene were they found two young girls and a dog cut off by the fast flowing tide at 6:30pm on Sunday night.

The RNLI crew brought the young girls and dog on board before being transferred ashore to waiting Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team officers.

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Hovercraft Commander James Whiteley said: “As we head into summer, if you’re heading to the coast we recommend that you check any local safety notices and tide times and always respect the water.

“The sandbanks around Wirral’s coast can be particularly dangerous and it is very easy to get cut off by the incoming tide. If you get into difficulties or see someone in need of help, always dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

Wirral Coastguard said: “Once on scene, the team discovered 2 young girls and their dog cut off by the tide however unaware of the situation they were in.

“At this stage, the attendance of Hoylake Hovercraft was requested in order to recover the girls and their dog to safety.

“The Hovercraft attended and took all 3 to Dovepoint Slipway in Meols to awaiting Coastguard Rescue Officers to ensure the welfare of the girls and their dog and offer some well needed safety advice.

“We would always advise to check the tide times if you are going for a walk on the beach and if you do get into trouble or see someone in difficulty, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

“We would always advise to check the tide times if you are going for a walk on the beach and if you do get into trouble or see someone in difficulty, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

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