Coastguard Rescue off Harrison Drive During Coronavirus Lockdown

Wirral and Crosby Coastguard Rescue Teams were alerted at 7pm on Sunday to reports of a person cut off by incoming tide off Harrison Drive in New Brighton.

New Brighton Lifeboat was also launched to assist.

As the team approached the scene, information was being received by the Coastguard Control Room that the person was in the water and struggling to get back to the beach.

Coastguard Rescue Officers and RNLI Crew located the person who had thankfully made it back safely onto the beach and apart from being wet from head to toe, luckily required no medical attention.

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It was the second time the coastguard teams had been called to rescues.

Michael Buratti, station officer for Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team said: “This incident had the potential to be a lot worse if it wasn’t for the quick thinking and actions of the first informant who saw someone in trouble and swiftly called 999 and asked for the Coastguard.”Coastguard Rescue Officers and RNLI Crew arrived on scene very quickly and were ready to perform a water rescue if needed.

“We would appeal to the public at these unprecedented times to think twice about carrying out your daily exercise on the beach.

“This is a prime example of how things can quickly go very wrong and warrant the attendance of the emergency services, putting responders at risk.

“If you see someone who needs help on the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”