Hoylake RNLI hovercraft was requested to launch at 1.51pm on Bank Holiday Monday to reports that two people and a dog had been cut off by the incoming tide near Barber’s Folly at Meols.
Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team had been tasked and officers were with the casualties offshore from Dovepoint slipway. With the tide still flooding in, the hovercraft ‘Hurley Spirit’ and her volunteer crew launched and quickly headed to the scene.
On arrival, the two casualties, their dog and the Coastguard officers were brought on board the hovercraft and flown to the safety of the steps at Dovepoint Road in Meols.
The casualties were handed over to Wirral Coastguard and the hovercraft returned to station to be washed down, refuelled and made ready for service again.
With warm weather set to continue this week, the RNLI and Coastguard are urging anyone planning on heading to the coast to follow safety advice and #RespectTheWater:
- Visit a lifeguarded beach if possible. Find your nearest at rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeguarded-beaches
- Check the tide times, weather and local safety signage
- Stay aware of your surroundings
- Keep your dog on a lead, especially near cliff edges
- Plan enough time to return safely ashore
- Carry a means of calling for help
- If you get into trouble in the water, stick your hand in the air, shout for help and #FloatToLive
- In an emergency dial 999 for the Coastguard
Find out more at RNLI.org/BeachSafety