This video footage shows the moment a woman and her dog were rescued after becoming surround by fast rising water.
The dog walker and her four-legged friend had become cut off by the incoming tide off the Wirral coast at around 11:01am on Monday.
The volunteer crew of Hoylake Hovercraft were tasked after the casualty telephoned the UK Coastguard, reporting that she and her dog were stuck on a sandbank in Leasowe Bay close to a groyne known locally as Barber’s Folly.
New Brighton RNLI lifeboat was also tasked as the crew were on a training exercise in the area at the time.
With the tide flooding in quickly, Hoylake’s inshore rescue hovercraft launched immediately and arrived on scene to find the woman and her dog on a small sandbank surrounded by rising water.
The pair were brought safely on board the hovercraft by the volunteer crew and were brought ashore in Meols to be met by waiting Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team officers.
Launched from Hoylake, Merseyside about twenty five minutes ago – https://t.co/Eeka52F3Qp
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Volunteer hovercraft commander Howie Owen said: “The tide around the Wirral coast can come in very quickly and it’s very easy to find yourself cut off unexpectedly.
“The casualty did the right thing by telephoning the Coastguard as soon as she realised she was in difficulty.
Howie added: “The RNLI launches to hundreds of incidents each year where people have been cut off by the tide.
“If you’re heading to the coast, you should always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back, carry a means of calling for help and most importantly, check the weather and tide times in advance.
“If you do get into trouble dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.”
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