Hoylake RNLI urges public to respect the water following Leasowe Beach rescue

Three dog walkers were rescued by Hoylake RNLI hovercraft on Thursday 2 May after getting cut off by the incoming tide on Leasowe Beach.

The Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team had been tasked when members of the public raised concerns for the walkers’ safety. The Coastguard attempted to alert the casualties of the danger from the shore.

Hoylake RNLI hovercraft Hurley Spirit was requested to launch by HM Coastguard at 3.57pm. The volunteer crew quickly launched and headed to the casualties’ reported location to the east of Leasowe Lighthouse.

The three casualties and their dog were soon located near the water’s edge, having become cut off by deep water in the tidal gutter.

With no safe route to walk ashore, they were assisted on board the RNLI hovercraft and flown back to the sea wall where they were met by Coastguard officers.

Hoylake RNLI hovercraft commander Harry Jones said, “The tide can come in very quickly on the Wirral coast and cut you off from the shore unexpectedly. The casualties and their dog could have soon found themselves in serious danger with the beach around them rapidly getting covered by the tide.”

Harry added, “As the weather warms up this spring, we encourage everyone to respect the water and use a lifeguarded beach if they’re heading to the coast. It’s important to check tide times, weather forecasts and local safety signage.

“Always carry a way of calling for help and keep an eye on your surroundings. If you get into difficulty, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

Image: The three dog walkers became cut off by the tide on Leasowe Beach and were rescued by Hoylake RNLI hovercraft. Credit: Hoylake RNLI

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