Four people and three dogs nearly cut off by tide on first day of relaxed lockdown rules

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Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team along with Hoylake RNLI were called out to four people and three dogs in danger of being cut off by the incoming tide.

The incident happened near to Leasowe Lighthouse at 2pm on Wednesday.

The family were completely unaware of the situation they were in but Coastguard Rescue Officers managed to gain their attention and guided them towards Meols whilst there was still time for them to make it to safety before being completely surrounded by water.

The family safely made it to shore themselves and all people luckily made it safely to Meols Beach, greeted by Coastguard Rescue Officers for a welfare check, some safety advice and information relating to tides.

Whilst at the incident, numerous other people were observed heading onto the beach and into the danger of the incoming tide and were at risk of being cut off.

These people were all advised accordingly by the coastguard.

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The Coastguard said: “We would like to thank the many members of the public who had spotted this family in trouble and dialled 999 and asked for the Coastguard.

“This enabled Holyhead Coastguard Operations Centre to mobilise search and rescue assets to the scene quickly.

“This is the 2nd incident of this nature over 2 consecutive days.

“Both have been close calls. The Government has advised that people in England can now freely visit beaches and the coast however please do not let your safety lapse.

“If you are visiting the coast or going for a walk of the beach, think about your safety and check the tide times.

“If you do get into trouble or see someone in difficulty, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

For the latest government information on what you can and cannot do during lockdown visit here.