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Couple rescued after trying to walk from Southport to Blackpool

A couple had to be rescued after trying to walk across the shore from Southport to Blackpool.

The pair, who are in their 20s and from Manchester, became stuck in the mud on the south side of the entrance to the River Ribble on Tuesday evening.

The coastguard and the RNLI both sent crews to the scene.

However, the couple were eventually rescued by local shrimpers at about 19:50 BST. They were able to bypass the muddy channels.

'Very lucky'

The couple told the coastguard they had been out on the sands for about four hours and had spent 90 minutes in one of the permanently flooded channels.

Liverpool Coastguard watch officer Helen Scott said: "It is impossible to walk the six miles across the sands between Southport and Blackpool.

"The two day-trippers were very lucky as the tide had not started to come back in and there was still some daylight left for the search."

She also reminded walkers to check tide times before taking trips along the coast.

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