Wirral RNLI team rescue 27 people trapped on Hilbre island after being cut off by the tide

CREDIT: Wirral Coastguard

A dramatic rescue took place today as RNLI teams rescued 27 people including 9 children from Hilbre Island in West Kirby.

RNLI teams launched from the south side of West Kirby Marine Lake whilst Coastguard Rescue Officers set up a recovery and casualty care point at Dee Lane car park as large numbers of people were going to be recovered.

West Kirby Lifeboat made multiple trips to Little Eye, Middle Eye and Hilbre Island to rescue people who were completely unaware of the incoming tide, some of whom had been in the water and were extremely cold and wet.

In total, the Lifeboat rescued 27 people consisting of 18 adults, 9 children and 2 dogs.

All casualties were recovered to Dee Lane car park to awaiting Coastguard Rescue Officers and Lifeboat shore crew to be triaged and passed over to paramedics were necessary.

As some of the casualties had entered the water and were exceptionally cold and wet, North West Ambulance Service were requested to attend who mobilised rapid response vehicles, ambulances and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART).

All casualties who required attention were checked over by paramedics and luckily no-one needed transferring to hospital.

This number of casualties is unusual for the team and is a record for West Kirby Lifeboat.

Today’s tide was extremely high and cut off all 3 islands and completely covered the walkway around the marine lake.

West Kirby RNLI said on facebook: “West Kirby Lifeboat has just rescued 27 people (and two of our canine friends) off the three Islands!

“This is the most we have ever saved in one go. Great work from the Crew, Coast Guard, Paramedics and Ambulance Crews, a serious team effort!”

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