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BBC Saving Lives: TWO Hoylake RNLI Sinking Sand Rescues

Updated: Jan 31, 2023

Many people looking out across Hoylake beach will be mistaken for thinking that there is a large sandy beach for the community to enjoy.

This is a common misconception as there are mud flats and sinking sand not far out. This is an unsafe and dangerous area, as shown TWICE on the BBC series Saving Lives. Links below to watch.

1.Horse Rescue

The Hoylake RNLI were called out to rescue horses and riders from the Northshore. The horses were trapped in sinking sand, its difficult not to shed a tear watching Bobby the horse trying desperately to climb out and repeatedly being sucked back into the sand. Click here to watch

2. Ladies Almost Drowned

Two ladies were also rescued from the mud flats and with the tide fast approaching they were extremely lucky to be saved. They had unwittingly walked out to the tide line with their dogs. Thankfully the RNLI Hoylake hovercraft arrived just in time as the sea was up to their armpits, however many people do not know that the lifesaving hovercraft is unable to travel across grass...!

Luckily on this occasion it was grown adults and not children. But this will happen as people are forced away from the safe area for their beach activities and into the dangerous sinking sand and moving mud flats.

Anyone who suggests that there is a wide open beach for the community to explore need to learn more and understand the landscape around this part of the world.

This is why the section of the beach that Hoylake Beach Community want to reclaim is so important. It's the safest area for people, as the image shows, it runs along North Parade, from Kings Gap to the RNLI station. It is only a very small area of the coastline for people and families to enjoy a sandy beach, when we have expansive conservation areas and wilding along the majority of West Wirral... we really are not asking for a lot!


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Note: The rescue took place 2019, you may notice the distinct lack of vegetation on the foreshore in the footage.

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