A lifeboat crew have saved two men stuck in the mud at Crosby beach.
The RNLI crew were called out after the men, who had been taking pictures of the sunset, became trapped.
With fast-flooding water three hours before high tide, the pair - along with their camera equipment and tripods - had quickly become waist deep in mud.
The tide wasn't quite deep enough for the inshore lifeboat to reach the casualties, so lit by the Coastguard Rescue helicopter a volunteer RNLI New Brighton Lifeboat was sent to the rescue.
One of the rescuers, Jay Hennessey, said:
RNLI Helm Shaun Wright steered the lifeboat towards the casualties, while RNLI Lifeboat Crew Member Rob Kershaw and Jay Hennessey helped the men onboard.
As the casualties had been in the water for around 25 minutes, there was a chilly south-westerly wind at the time and they were cold, both were taken by RNLI lifeboat to Pier Head. They were then transferred to on-standby Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service’s Marine Rescue Unit before being taken to hospital for precautionary assessment.