The 12 and 13-year-olds had gone walking off the Thurstaston coastline near Sally’s Cottage when they became trapped by the incoming tide on a sandbank in the Dee Estuary.
They were spotted by walkers on a cliff near Wirral Country Park, who alerted Liverpool Coastguard at around 1pm yesterday. West Kirby lifeboat crews were called to the scene and were helped in the search by a fishing vessel who called in to report the boys’ location.
Other members of the lifeboat team headed up to a viewpoint at the top of Caldy hill, and directed the team in the boat to the boys’ position. When the lifeboat pulled up to the pair and took them aboard they had been trying to make their way along the sandbank in an attempt to find a way back to the shore – but were in fact heading towards a deep gulley.
David Henshaw, lifeguard operations manager, said “They were down to the last few hundred yards of sand and in another 15 minutes it would have gone completely. They were well and truly cut off and if they had carried on walking towards the shore they would reached a deep and fast moving gulley. Thankfully they were picked up before then and reunited with their parents on the beach by around 2.10pm. They were not from the area and we would advise anyone who doesn’t know the area or the times of the tides to check with Wirral coastal rangers or the coastguard to avoid getting into this situation.”