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Men trapped in mud and high tides saved by volunteer lifeboat

The RNLI crew saved the two men trapped in the mud at Crosby beach Photo: RNLI

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:

The plan was to assess the two casualties before deciding the best course of action for getting them out.

‘But once with them I realised how much of a precarious situation they were in, so got down on my knees to spread myself further and start digging them out. The mud was quite soft so it hadn’t fully taken hold and once freed a little both men were able to move.

'As we headed towards our lifeboat, we had to move as quickly and as lightly as possible for fear of sinking further. Fortunately the water had risen enough enough by then that our lifeboat could come alongside and we were able to get both casualties onboard.’

– Jay Hennessey

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.

Jay added:

As we start moving into warmer weather, we advise everyone visiting our coastal beaches to watch for muddy areas. Also to avoid crossing wide, flat estuaries and bays where these are more common.

‘If you are in difficulty or spot someone else in trouble, always dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

– Jay Hennessey