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Hilbre Island tide plea issued by Coastguard

By Paul Johnston at

A warning to check tide times before heading out to Hilbre Island has been issued, after the RNLI were called out to a fourth rescue in as many days.

In the latest incident, three people were cut off by the tide on New Year’s Day on Middle Eye and had to be picked up by West Kirby Lifeboat.

They recovered the casualties back to Coastguard Rescue Officers, who provided them with safety advice and information on tides.

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View of Middle Eye from Hilbre Island

Michael Buratti, Station Officer for Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team said: “This is the 4th incident in 4 days involving people getting cut off by the incoming tide near to Hilbre Island.

“We urge members of the public who are visiting the coast for a walk to check the tide times before setting off and ensure you give yourself plenty of time to return before getting caught out by the incoming tide.

“In the event you do get into trouble or you see someone in difficulty, immediately dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

You can view tide times on the home page of www.westkirby.today and here.