RNLI rescue after children cut off by tide at Heysham

Two young children were rescued by a hovercraft after being cut off by the tide off the coast of Lancashire.

Police alerted the Liverpool Coastguard to their plight after taking a call from a 10-year-old who said they were trapped at Middleton Sands.

The Morecambe RNLI hovercraft was sent out and found the pair on a sand bank about 200m (650ft) from the shore with the water up to their knees.

The coastguard said they were met by their parents back on land.

Paul Parkes, watch manager at Liverpool Coastguard, said: "These two were out on the sands when they found themselves cut off by the rising tide.

"We would recommend that before going to the beach or coastal areas that you check the tides.

"In certain areas, around the coast, tides can move very fast and you can very easily find yourselves in trouble."

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