A man got stuck in mud while trying to rescue a woman and her dog who were also sinking in mud.
The incident happened yesterday as a woman was walking her dog close to the Marine Lake in West Kirby when she got into difficulty.
A man nearby went to assist her and soon found himself also sinking into the mud.
The UK Coastguard were alerted and RNLI Hoylake launched their hovercraft H-005 Hurley Spirit at 1:00pm to assist.
The volunteer crew arrived on the scene just 9 minutes later and assessed the situation with a Coastguard Coastal Rescue Officer who was already assisting the two casualties.
Positioning the hovercraft by the jetty at West Kirby Marine Lake, the RNLI volunteers deployed mud boards to support the male casualty in the thick mud.
Once he was safely recovered on board, the crew then manoeuvred the hovercraft sideways to land 12ft along and assist the lady and her dog from the mud.
With both casualties, the dog and the UK Coastguard officer all safely on board, the RNLI Hovercraft Commander decided it would be safer to recover them all to the Dee Lane slipway due to the beach conditions and orientation.
The casualties were met by the Coastguard Rescue Team where they were assessed and happily found to require no further medical attention.
The Hovercraft returned to RNLI Hoylake Lifeboat Station where it was cleaned and made ready for operation again.
Volunteer RNLI Hovercraft Crew Pilot, Alistair Knowles, said; ‘The casualties got into difficulty in an area of thick mud which is common on beaches all around the Wirral coast. If you’re heading to the beach, look out for safety notices that might indicate areas of danger and if you do get stuck in mud, try to spread your weight as evenly as possible, avoid moving and stay calm.’
‘Of course we also understand that it’s a natural human instinct to want to help someone in need, but the RNLI would always recommend people don’t enter the water or mud to try to assist a person in distress. Instead dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard who will ensure trained and experienced emergency service personnel will be tasked to urgently assist.’