Coastguard issues Hilbre Island warning after two serious injuries in separate incidents

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Wirral Coastguard

Wirral Coastguard has warned people to stay careful when walking on slippery rocks after two serious injuries occurred in two separate incidents.

Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team was tasked to a man who had fallen near to Middle Eye, West Kirby suffering from a serious head injury at 1:15pm on Thursday.

The team arrived at the rendezvous point near to Morrisons, along with North West Ambulance Service who had deployed their Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) along with an Ambulance and an Advanced Paramedic.

The decision was made to deploy our off road vehicle to Middle Eye with an Advanced Paramedic and HART Paramedic on board to enable them to make an assessment of the casualty and decide on the most effective extraction method.

Following an assessment, the decision was made to treat the man and then transport him in our vehicle back to the awaiting Ambulance.

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Wirral Coastguard

As the casualty was being transported back ashore, a 999 call was received to a lady who had fallen on Hilbre Island and was suffering from a shoulder injury.

With the first casualty now safely in the Ambulance, 2 HART Paramedics were transported to Hilbre Island in the Coastguard off road vehicle to assess the 2nd casualty.

With a suspected broken upper arm, pain relief was administered prior to the lady being transported ashore to a further awaiting Ambulance.

Michael Buratti, Station Officer for Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team said: “Hilbre and the surrounding smaller islands are extremely attractive to walkers however people walking to Hilbre Island should be mindful when walking across rocks which can be extremely slippery underfoot and uneven.

“We always advise when walking to Hilbre Island to check tide times and be aware of your surroundings. If you get into trouble whilst on or walking to Hilbre Island, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard”

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