COASTGUARDS rescued five people from incoming tide on Northbank in New Brighton last night.

Wirral's Coastguard Rescue team arrived on scene at around 6.30pm and saw people still far out on the bank with less than 30 minutes before it was completely cut off.

Three were guided to safety before being cut off and two had to be rescued by Coastguard after being completely cut off.

New Brighton Lifeboat and Hoylake Hovercraft were requested to launch as part of the operation.

Praising "a great multi agency rescue" Michael Buratti, station officer for Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team said:  "Luckily, this incident ended well thanks to the joint efforts of Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team and the RNLI.

"I would like to praise all those who spotted these people in danger and called 999 and asked for the Coastguard which enabled us to respond quickly and deal with the incident.

"We would like to remind people to check tide times if you are going for a walk on the beach and if you do get caught out or you see someone who needs help, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard."