CHILDREN had a lucky escape after being cut off by the tide near to Perch Rock in New Brighton.

Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team and New Brighton Lifeboat were called after several 999 calls from the public shortly before 8.30pm last night.

The children were found safe with slight injuries.

Two of the youngsters had got into difficulty in the water and one had attempted to rescue them.

All of them were suffering from cuts to their legs, two children had ingested water and one was suffering from shock and the effects of cold.

Coastguard rescue Officers administered casualty care and North West Ambulance Service carried out a precautionary check of those who had ingested water.

After a check over by paramedics, the children were able to leave the scene not requiring hospital treatment.

Following this incident, coastguard rescue officers found a further group of children getting into the water on the east side of the fort.The group was advised accordingly of the dangers.

Michael Buratti, station officer for Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team said, “These children were extremely lucky today and walked away with minor injuries however there was real potential for this to have been a more serious incident.

"We would like to get a message to parents that if your children are heading to the coast with their friends, we would urge you to educate them about the dangers that the coast can present.

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"If they want to go for a dip on a hot day, visit a lifeguarded beach and enter the water between the red and yellow flags which means there is a lifeguard on duty at that location.

"Our coastline is extremely attractive, particularly on a hot and sunny day however your must prepare - check tide times, be aware of your surroundings and don’t take risks. If you see someone in trouble on the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”