Late night rescue operation launched as three people cut off by tide on Wirral beach


Wirral Coastguard and RNLI teams where called out to the people cut off by the tide on a Wirral beach.

West Kirby RNLI and the coastguard raced to the scene as people were stranded on middle eye island in West Kirby On Friday at 11:05pm.

As the teams started arrived on scene three people could be seen wading ashore with the Lifeboat tracking them from the rear, making sure they made it to safety.

When the Coastguard spoke to the casualties it transpired that they’d gone out to Hilbre to watch the Blood Moon.

They had misinterpreted the tide times and didn’t realise the tide filled the channel between the islands and the mainland a couple of hours before high tide.

Wirral Coastguard said: “Please be aware that you need to leave Hilbre at least 3 hours BEFORE high tide to avoid getting cut off.

“If you find yourself cut off head for the nearest island and either phone 999 and ask for the Coastguard, or stay on the island if the weather is good until the tide is on the ebb.

“This could have had deadly consequences for the 3 people involved.”

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