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November 26, 2013

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Hovercraft rescues dog-walker

Hovercraft Rescues

Hovercraft rescues dog-walker

Hovercraft rescues – A dog walker had a lucky escape near Liverpool when he got cut off by the tide off the coast of Wirral this week.

Hovercraft rescues

Hovercraft rescues

Members of the public alerted the coastguard to explain that he was stranded on a sandbank near Leasowe Lighthouse. As the incoming tide changes the viscosity of the mud and sand, people and animals can become trapped.

A shore-based rescue team attended the incident and saved the man, with the RNLI coastguard’s New Brighton hovercraft.

By the time he was reached, the man had been up to his waist in the water for over half an hour. A spokesman said: “He was obviously distressed and semi-hypothermic. We gave him thermal blankets and the rescue team at the scene believed he needed to go to hospital in case of secondary drowning which can happen in seawater incidents. The man could have drowned and it could have been worse. The tide was coming in quite fast.We would warn everyone to be aware of incoming tides and where they are in relation to the beach.”

The dog is safe and waiting collection from the coastguard station.

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