A DOG trapped in rocks near to the sea wall at New Brighton Marine Lake has been found safe and well following an elaborate rescue operation.

The alarm was raised at around 7.10pm last night when Molly the beagle got stuck between rocks against the sea wall between the beach and the marine lake.

It is believed Molly had fallen whilst out walking with its owner and another beagle dog.

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Coastguard teams worked with firefighters to reach Molly the beagle

UK Coastguard and Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team worked with firefighters to mount a complex rescue operation using a range of equipment and tools.

Coastguard Rescue Officers maintained a cordon around the beach and marine lake to allow Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Firefighters and their Search and Rescue Team a safe working environment.

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Emergency crews used hydraulic rescue equipment to reach the trapped dog

Station manager Andy Blythe said: “There was a cavity under the rocks of approximately six foot which prevented Molly from climbing back out.

"The sea was at low water at the time of the incident occurring but a high spring tide was due in around midnight which would have submerged the rocks the dog was trapped under.

“Firefighters from Wallasey, Birkenhead and our Search and Rescue Team worked very hard alongside members of the Wirral and Flint Coastguard Teams to release Molly safely after approximately one hour and 20 minutes.

“Crews used a combination of hydraulic rescue equipment and manual tirfor winches to move rocks sufficiently to create space for a firefighter to reach down and retrieve Molly. She was reunited with its owner having suffered no injuries.”

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Molly the beagle has now been reunited with her owner having suffered no injuries

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Crews were praised for their work and a special shout out to firefighters Anderson who got Molly out from the rocks.

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Crews were praised for their excellent team work

"A great example of partnership working with Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team and Flint Coastguard Rescue Team #OneTeam #NotJustFires," added station manager Blythe.