Wirral rescue teams called out to reports of 17 people cut off by the tide

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Hoylake RNLI hovercraft was requested to launch by the UK Coastguard at 12.41pm to reports of a number of people cut off by the incoming tide on the North Bank off New Brighton.

The relief hovercraft ‘John Russell’ and her volunteer crew launched and headed to the scene.

While en route, New Brighton RNLI confirmed that all the casualties had been brought on board their inshore lifeboat and were being returned safely to the shore.

The beach on the north Wirral coast was very busy and the Coastguard asked the Hoylake Hovercraft to search the shoreline to ensure that everyone using the beach was safe.

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The hovercraft headed out to the water’s edge and flew west towards Hilbre Point.

Several people were offered safety advice about the incoming tide and decided to return to the shore.

Hoylake Hovercraft then headed into the River Dee area before it was reported that 17 further people were cut off by the tide in Leasowe Bay.

The hovercraft was re-tasked and headed to the scene. On arrival, the casualties had been guided to safety by Wirral Coastguard officers and the RNLI hovercraft crew were asked to check on several other groups of people along the water’s edge.

The crew gave safety advice to those groups, before being stood down and returning to the lifeboat station.

Hoylake RNLI said: “RNLI lifeboat crews and HM Coastguard are still on call ready to respond to emergencies, but our message is clear; we need the public to be aware of dangers around our coast, take responsibility for themselves and their loved ones and remember that RNLI beach lifeguards can’t be everywhere this summer.”

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