Coastguard and police rescue stranded men near Lytham

Two coastguard crews and a police helicopter were scrambled after a group of people dialled 999 to say they were stranded between Lytham and Southport.

The three men were on a boat on Wednesday night with no means of navigating and no lighting.

They were eventually found off the coast near Crossens, in Sefton, by the police helicopter.

The men were rescued and taken to a waiting ambulance to be assessed. One was thought to have hypothermia.

'Fast tides'

Paul Parkes, Liverpool Coastguard's watch manager, said: "Once again, we would like to emphasise to people taking craft onto the water to take responsibility for their actions.

"A VHF radio to communicate with the coastguard is a must, life jackets, which should be worn, appropriate clothing for the activity being undertaken and let us know your passage plan.

"Your boat should also be fitted out for navigating at night."

Mr Parkes also urged people to register their boats, check the tides before going to the beach or coastal areas.

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

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