New Brighton RNLI race to Crosby beach incident that left one man dead and a second critical in hospital

Merseyside Police has confirmed that a man has died and two men were taken to hospital following an incident at Crosby Beach last night, Tuesday 20 July.

At around 7.10pm, emergency services attended the beach following reports of three men in their 20s getting into difficulties in the sea. All three men were taken to hospital. 

One man was sadly pronounced deceased a short time later. A second remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition and a third has been discharged.

The deceased man’s family have been made aware and are being supported by officers. 

A spokesperson for New Brighton RNLI said, “Everyone at New Brighton Lifeboat station would like to offer our deepest sympathies to the family of the man who sadly passed away during this incident at Crosby Beach last night.

“Our thoughts are also with everyone else affected by this tragic event. New Brighton RNLI crew were first on scene to offer assistance. This is also a distressing time for our volunteer crew and we are ensuring measures are in place to provide support to them where required.”

A spokesperson for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said, “Fire crews were called to Crosby beach at around 7.24pm on Tuesday 20 July following reports that five people were in difficulty in the water. Two fire engines, the search and rescue team and the rescue boat, Marine Fire One, were sent to the scene.

“Crews assisted the RNLI and Coastguard with recovering the people from the water to the beach. Two people did not require medical assistance but three others were taken to hospital.

“Sadly, one of those people has died. A second remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition and a third has been discharged.”

A spokesperson for Hoylake RNLI said, “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family of the man who sadly lost his life following an incident at Crosby Beach yesterday. We are also thinking of all those affected by this tragedy.”

There have been 12 confirmed water-related fatalities in the last four days across the country, with searches continuing for four other missing people in water. Five people remain in hospital as a result of open water-related incidents.

Police enquiries continue and anyone who witnessed the incident and has yet to come forward is asked to contact Merseyside Police via @MerPolCC on Twitter, ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook, or 101, with reference 21000506040.

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