Dramatic footage captures rescue of two people stranded in the dark surrounded by water

Wirral Coastguard and Hoylake RNLI were called out to two people stranded on a rock armour known as Leasowe Island.

They were trapped on rocks completely surrounded by water due to the incoming tide and unable to get back to the promenade.

The hovercraft manoeuvred carefully towards the rocks and one of Hoylake’s volunteer crew members climbed onto them to meet the two casualties.

RNLI teams recovered the two people from the island in complete darkness and returned them to shore.

Volunteer RNLI hovercraft commander Matt Pownall-Jones said: ‘As it got dark on Saturday night, the casualties weren’t aware that the tide had covered the causeway and beach behind them and had trapped them on the rocky island. They could have easily slipped or fallen onto the rocks or into the water.’

‘Luckily the casualties were uninjured and we were able to bring them ashore safely. However, more than half of coastal deaths in the UK last year were caused by people tripping and falling into the sea and we would advise against climbing across coastal rocks, especially in the dark. If you’re heading to the beach, it’s important to respect the water and also to check local tide times to avoid getting cut off.’

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