Hoylake RNLI called out to five incidents over Bank Holiday weekend

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Hoylake RNLI hovercraft was requested to launch five times over the Bank Holiday weekend to incidents that have included many people cut off by the incoming tide around the Wirral coast.

Sunday 24 May, 9.28pm

Hoylake RNLI’s relief hovercraft ‘John Russell’ and her volunteer crew were tasked by the UK Coastguard to reports of two adults and two children cut off by the incoming tide on the North Bank off New Brighton.

Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team officers arrived on scene to find the casualties wading through the water.

As the casualties were able to make it safely to the shore, Hoylake Hovercraft was stood down while preparing to launch.

Monday 25 May, 9.58am

Hoylake RNLI hovercraft was tasked again to reports of a number of people cut off by the incoming tide on the North Bank off New Brighton.

RNLI New Brighton Lifeboat Station had also been tasked.

Hoylake Hovercraft was stood down while preparing to launch when it was established that the casualties had managed to wade ashore to safety with guidance from the Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team and New Brighton Lifeboat.

Monday 25 May, 11.11am

Hoylake RNLI hovercraft was tasked to a quad bike and rider stuck in the mud near to the West Kirby Marine Lake.

With the tide still flooding, RNLI West Kirby Lifeboat had also been tasked.

Hoylake Hovercraft was launched and headed to the scene.

She was stood down en route when it was reported that the West Kirby RNLI Hagglund launch vehicle had been able to free the quad bike from the mud and assist the rider to safety.

Monday 25 May, 12.01pm

Just after returning to the lifeboat station following the launch to the quad bike, Hoylake Hovercraft was tasked again to reports of 25 people cut off by the tide on the Hilbre Islands off West Kirby.

The hovercraft and lifeboat headed to the islands, where 20 people were found to be on Middle Eye and five were on Hilbre Island.

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Monday 25 May, 4.15pm

Hoylake RNLI hovercraft was tasked by the UK Coastguard at 4.15pm today to reports of several people stuck in mud off Thurstaston, after a speedboat they were using had run aground in the Dee Estuary.

Hoylake’s relief hovercraft ‘John Russell’ and her volunteer crew launched and headed to the speedboat’s reported location.

On arrival, the hovercraft crew found that casualties had reached the shoreline but the vessel had been abandoned.

Hoylake RNLI hovercraft commander Harry Jones said: ‘In these exceptional times when there are no RNLI beach lifeguards on duty, it’s more important than ever that anyone visiting the coast understands the risks.

The Hilbre Islands also remain closed at the moment due to the Coronavirus pandemic.’

‘We urge everyone to make themselves aware of dangers, for example by checking local tide times, take responsibility for themselves and their loved ones, and remember that in an emergency they should dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’