Wirral Coastguard called out to multiple children cut off by the tide


Wirral Coastguard received several 999 calls on Friday night reporting multiple children cut off by the tide near to Perch Rock in New Brighton.

Luckily the children had managed to self rescue however were suffering from multiple injuries.

Two of the children had got into difficulty in the water and one had attempted to rescue them.

All children were suffering from cuts to their legs with two of the children having ingested water and one suffering from shock and the effects of cold.

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Coastguard Rescue Officers administered casualty care and North West Ambulance Service were requested to carry out a precautionary check of those who had ingested water.

After a check over by Paramedics, all were able to leave the scene not requiring hospital treatment.

Following this incident, Coastguard Rescue Officers had to proceed to the east side of the fort to a further group of children entering the water.

The group were advised accordingly of the dangers.

Michael Buratti, Station Officer for Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team said, “These children were extremely lucky today and walked away with minor injuries however there was real potential for this to have been a more serious incident.

“We would like to get a message to parents that if your children are heading to the coast with their friends, we would urge you to educate them about the dangers that the coast can present.

“If they want to go for a dip on a hot day, visit a lifeguarded beach and enter the water between the red and yellow flags which means there is a lifeguard on duty at that location.

“Our coastline is extremely attractive, particularly on a hot and sunny day however your must prepare – check tide times, be aware of your surroundings and don’t take risks. If you see someone in trouble on the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”