Dramatic moment Hoylake RNLI rescue man trapped in mud during ‘fast flooding tide’

This is the dramatic moment Hoylake RNLI rescued a man knee deep in mud in a Wirral beach.

Coastguard teams from Wirral, Flint, Crosby and Hoylake RNLI responded to reports to reports of a person stuck waist deep in mud after he went for a walk on Thursday morning.

The hovercraft, H-005 Hurley Spirit, launched and the volunteer crew found the casualty stuck up to his knees with the tide flooding in close by.

The crew deployed mud boards to support the casualty in the thick mud.

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RNLI Hoylake volunteers demonstrate a safe hovercraft rescue CREDIT RNLI/Victoria Phipps

They were able to free his legs and recover him on board the hovercraft before the tide covered the area.

The man was taken back to the RNLI station where casualty care was given until the the arrival of an ambulance.

He was assessed and required no immediate medical attention.

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The incident happened at Leasowe Island, rear of Leasowe Castle at 11:35am on Thursday morning.

Hovercraft crew member, Dave Noble, said; ‘The mud around the Wirral coast can be very dangerous and local beach conditions change regularly.

“With fast flooding tide, if it hadn’t been for the prompt and coordinated efforts of all emergency services, the outcome could have been very different.’

RNLI Hoylake’s hovercraft returns to station after successful mud rescue CREDIT RNLI/Dan Whiteley

The tide rises rapidly along the Wirral coastline and so it is important that walkers consider their safety; remain vigilant and leave plenty of time.

If members of the public do see someone in difficulty they should dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Hoylake RNLI advise that you stay clam, don’t move too much, spread your weight and call 999 if ever trapped in mud.

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