Three rescued after 4x4 stranded off Wirral's Hilbre Island
THREE people had a lucky escape after their 4X4 got stuck in sand and mud off Wirral.
The driver and his two passengers were heading for Hilbre Island, off West Kirby, on Friday night.
But a rapidly-rising tide forced them to abandon their car half a mile from Middle Eye, a small island near Hilbre.
Hoylake Lifeboat was called out by Liverpool Coastguard shortly after 8.15pm. But the occupants had already left the Nissan Navara 4x4 and were wading towards the shore.
Said to be “wet and distressed” they were taken back by West Kirby Lifeboat.
Hoylake’s Tractor bravo was already out responding to a call about a group of suspected illegal cockle pickers using quad bikes on sand banks near Red Rocks.
Steve Armitage, of Hoylake Lifeboat, said: “They were lucky because the tide came in and surrounded them very quickly. The car is still there stuck in the sand.”
A Liverpool Coastguard spokesman said: “It appears they weren’t familiar with the area and were heading out to Hilbre to meet somebody but managed to get stuck.” THE ECHO