Hoylake RNLI hovercraft launched at 5:02pm today to reports of around 40 people cut off by the incoming tide offshore from Leasowe Lighthouse.
Hoylake’s relief hovercraft ‘John Russell’ and her volunteer crew launched and headed to the scene.
On arrival the hovercraft crew found many people on the sandbank, which was quickly becoming surrounded by water.
A walker was also spotted wading through the rapidly filling gutter with two small dogs in order to reach the sea wall.
The groups of people on the sandbank were warned about the incoming tide and advised of a safe route to the shore by the RNLI crew.
Hoylake Hovercraft and the Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team then agreed that the hovercraft should search the shoreline along Leasowe Bay, the area around the Derby Pool, and the groyne at Harrison Drive in New Brighton to check that there was nobody else in danger of being cut off.
Following this search, the hovercraft was tasked to reports of several young people who had entered the water by Leasowe Lighthouse.
On arrival, the group were found to have safely reached the shore.
The RNLI hovercraft was then stood down and returned to Hoylake Lifeboat Station.
Please keep yourself and your loved ones safe by following this safety advice:
Have a plan – always check tide times, weather and local safety signage
Keep an eye on your family
Don’t use inflatables
In a coastal emergency, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard