A FOUR-year-old girl up to her neck in water was among eight people and a dog rescued in separate launches between Middle Eye and Little Eye today.

In a Facebook post West Kirby Lifeboat recalled that four year old Louisa's dad was struggling to hold her in the waves and current.

But all were in the safety of West Kirby Lifeboat within 16 minutes of the initial page.

Wirral Globe:

The rescued girl with her family and West Kirby RNLI crewmember

Also among those rescued was a spaniel called Ruby (pictured, below, in the arms of her very relieved owner alongside a West Kirby RNLI crewmember) so it was certainly her Tuesday.

Wirral Globe:

In a complex operation, lifeboat Helm Jamie Marston, chose to offload half of casualties onto the BV206.

The Facebook post added that it "was touch and go, with in the rising tide, the transfer was completed and the deteriorating casualties were quickly dropped at the Lifeboat Station, whilst the Lifeboat 'Seahorse' took the rest of the casualties back by sea.

"Seahorse conducted a beach landing and relaunched once the casualties were landed. The BV206 reunited the cold and wet families at the Station and then returned for recovery.

The three launches and recoveries took place within one hour.

The RNLI Facebook post continued: "A lovely spaniel called Ruby was rescued on a Tuesday.

"I don't know why, but that's ringing a few bells!"

The Lifeboat crew was Helm Jamie Marston Adie Gregan (first Aid), Tom Clarke, BV206 - Chris Gatenby, Launch Commander - Joe Hughes Jones.

The station's Deputy Launching Authorities were Ed Rowland and Dave Henshaw.

Lifeboat Operations Manager is Rich Diamond.