Firefighters were called out to the River Alt after two men walking from Formby to Crosby became cut off on a sandbank by water.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called by the Coastguard at 6.37pm to the Coastguard station in Hall Road West, Blundellsands.

An appliance from Crosby Community Fire Station attended. The Search and Rescue Team, based at Croxteth Community Fire Station, also attended.

A coastguard hovercraft picked up the two, who were aged 18-years-old and 20-years-old, and brought them to safety. They were unharmed. One of the two rescued had called 999.

Watch Manager Luke McCormack, who was with White Watch at Crosby Community Fire Station and attended the call-out, said: “It is a very dangerous estuary with pockets of mud and quicksand. It is also a tidal area. Our advice is not to go on there in any situation. They were lucky the tide was on its way out and the Caostguard had their hovercraft to hand.”

Firefighters were on standby to assist the coastguard during the operation.

All operational firefighters in Merseyside are trained in still water rescue for incidents in or near lakes, docks and canals. Our specialist Search and Rescue Team and Marine Rescue Team are trained in swift water rescue to help those in need in rivers, such as the River Mersey.

Firefighters had left the area by 7.31pm.

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