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  • Helicopter rescues two people trapped on beach

    Malcolm Hindle

    A HELICOPTER landed on Crosby beach to help rescue two people who were stuck in the sand.

    The dramatic rescue mission was sparked after a man and woman, believed to be aged in their 50s, were stranded on the beach near Burbo Bank and couldn't make it back safely.

    A helicopter from HM Coastguard was called out and with the help of Merseyside Fire and Rescue, they managed to get the stranded pair into the helicopter and fly them back to land.

    It happened at around 6pm on Wednesday, July 25 and a large group of people gathered to watch the rescue mission unfold.

    Amy Houghton, from Formby, who was cycling past at the time with Morgan Whitehurst, said: “A couple were stranded on the beach and the sea had come across creating an island and they were stuck on the other side.

    “There were at least five fire engines and loads of other emergency services called out. The helicopter came and landed on the beach and they got in and came back to the path. Thankfully they seemed okay and everyone cheered when they were rescued!”

    Merseyside Fire and Rescue confirmed the pair emerged from the incident unscathed. A spokesperson said: “We were alerted at 6.15pm to reports that two people were unable to get back to shore after getting stuck in the mud. We sent five fire engines to the scene to assist with the coastguard helicopter and paramedics.

    “Thankfully it was a successful operation and there were no injuries and we left the scene at 7.45pm”

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