Liverpool

Trapped men rescued by hovercraft off Crosby

Rescue scene Crosby
Image caption The men had been walking from Southport to Crosby

Two young men had to be rescued by a RNLI hovercraft after they were trapped by the incoming tide in Merseyside.

The men were reported to be on a thin sandbank at the mouth of the River Alt at about 20:10 BST on Tuesday.

The men were rescued 35 minutes later in a joint operation by coastguard, firefighters and the RNLI.

Liverpool Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre watch manager Paul Parkes said the men were "very lucky" as the water had come in up to their knees.

The men had been walking from Southport to Crosby and got trapped on a stretch of sand between Formby and Crosby.

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