West Kirby lifeboat crew were tasked by HM Coastguard at 12:36pm yesterday, following a phone call by a concerned member of the public due to the sighting of a group of walkers on Little Eye. The fast flowing rising tide was quickly flooding prior to reaching a height of 8.56m at 12:54pm.
The volunteer crew quickly reached the group and spoke with all parties to ascertain if help was needed at this time. It was established that there was no medical emergency and that the individuals all had appropriate clothing and provisions to remain in situ whilst waiting for the tide to turn and go out.
It is advised that anyone planning to stay on any of the islands over a high tide informs HM Coastguard of their intentions.
Speaking following the call out, Richard Diamond, West Kirby RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said, “Getting cut off by the tide can be a frightening experience. We would remind visitors to the islands to check the tidal information before setting out and to take appropriate clothing.
“There is information concerning tide times and height on the noticeboard opposite to the ice-cream kiosk at the Dee Lane end of the Marine Lake and online. As warmer weather fast approaches, we would remind people it is important to respect the water and to guard against any hazardous situations.”
Image credit: RNLI/David Edwards
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