Oct 17, 2018

Hovercraft assists injured walker on Middle Eye

Hoylake Hovercraft was tasked by UK Coastguard at 12.35pm following reports of a person requiring medical assistance on Middle Eye in the Dee Estuary.

The casualty was part of a walking party of around 30 people that had been making its way to Hilbre Island. While passing around Middle Eye, the casualty had slipped on wet rocks and was reportedly experiencing pain in her left hip.

Hoylake's inshore rescue hovercraft 'Hurley Spirit' launched immediately and arrived on scene at Middle Eye shortly afterwards, where the volunteer crew checked her injuries and administered casualty care. The casualty was carefully placed into a stretcher and transferred on board the hovercraft, before being flown ashore along with a companion.

The casualty was brought to Dee Lane Slipway in West Kirby and was passed to the care of waiting North West Ambulance Service paramedics and officers from the Wirral and Flint Coastguard Rescue Teams.

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