Feb 4, 2017
Hoylake RNLI Hovercraft tasked to person cut off by tide
Hoylake RNLI hovercraft was called out by UK Coastguard to the assistance of a person cut off by the rising tide on a sandbank off Meols on the North Wirral coast.
At 1.42pm the Coastguard requested that the volunteer crew from the Hoylake RNLI station should launch the hovercraft and proceed to assist a person seen cut off by a member of the public. The hovercraft was launched at 1.55pm and proceeded along the coast to reach the casualty just two minutes later.
The casualty was walking four dogs along the beach on the far side of a gully which was rapidly filling with water on the rising tide. He was unfamiliar with the local area and had not appreciated the speed with which the incoming tide filled the gully, preventing him from reaching the safety of the embankment.
The crew of the hovercraft were able to pick up the gentleman and his dogs and carry them safely to a nearby slipway where they were met by local Coastguards who ensured that he was not in need of any medical attention and offered safety advice.
RNLI Crewman Harry Jones offered this advice; "The sandbanks can look very inviting to walkers but please be aware that they are also extremely dangerous on a rising tide. The water can come in along gullies faster than a person can walk. Please check tide times before venturing out on to the banks."
The hovercraft returned to station at 2.15pm, where it was washed down and prepared for service.