A RESCUE operation was mounted after two children got into difficulty in the water near to Leasowe Lighthouse.

Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team and New Brighton Lifeboat were called out at 5.30pm this evening.

The team arrived on scene just as the youths were exiting the water.

A welfare check was completed to ensure no medical attention was required and safety advice was given in relation to swimming in open water.

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With all the youths safe and well and with some important advice given, the team was able to stand down.


Michael Buratti, station officer for Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team said: “Open water swimming is not like swimming in a swimming pool and it can be extremely dangerous, especially if you are not experienced.

"We want people to enjoy our coastline but at the same time stay safe. A day out at the beach could easily end in tragedy if you don’t follow safety advice and if you aren’t aware of your surroundings.

"We would urge parents to speak to their children about the dangers that exist on our coastline."

Anyone who sees someone in trouble on the coast should immediately dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.