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Coastguard alert after kids take out rowing boat to 'chase a Pokémon'

Coastguard and fire service rescue people have reminded people to take care when playing the popular mobile phone game Pokémon.

It comes after crews in New Brighton in Merseyside were called out during the early hours of today after a group of youths ventured onto a boating lake which chasing the character.

The alert from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Credit: Facebook.

"We know that many people are enjoying Pokémon GO across the UK and we wouldn’t want to spoil that fun.

"However, we would ask people to use a little common sense and not to take risks while looking for Pokémon.

"The incident this morning shows that risk taking can put not only you in danger but also the rescue services who have to come to your aid.

– Danny Jameson, Senior Coastal Operations Officer

The coastguard said around 20 youths were involved in taking the rowing boat without permission at New Brighton Marine Lake.

The youngsters had left by the time crews arrived, but the boat was left driving in the marina.

Investigation launched after body found at Wirral flat

Rowson Street, New Brighton. Credit: Google Street View

Merseyside Police is investigating the unexplained death of a man whose body was found in a flat in New Brighton last night.

Officers were called to the flat in Rowson Street at 8pm after a female relative found the man's body on the floor of a room inside. .

The flat was cordoned off and an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death has been launched.

The victim has been identified as a 44-year-old local man. Officers are tonight making efforts to contact his next of kin.

His death is being treated as 'unexplained' until a post mortem examination can be carried out to establish how he died.

An investigation by Wirral CID is underway and anyone with information should call 0151 777 2265.