Jet skiers rescued by hovercraft

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TWO men on jet skis were rescued by a Morecambe Hovercraft team after getting stuck on Middleton Sands.

The RNLI Inshore Hovercraft was launched at 3.50pm on Saturday after Liverpool Coastguard received an urgent 999 call from a member of the public.

The two men were reported stranded after they had ventured into shallow water further towards the shore at Middleton Sands.

When the hovercraft crew arrived at the scene, they found the two men had no water to float their vessels.

The first jet skier had run into shallow water and the other went to assist and also got into difficulty with the tide.

The hovercraft took both men and their jet skis to Middleton Sands car park where they were handed over to the HM Coastguard.

Morecambe’s Coastguard Rescue team also attended the scene.

Michael Guy, Morecambe Lifeboat operations manager, said: “The people in question were very grateful and thankful for the Morecambe RNLI Hovercraft’s assistance.

“This just emphasises the need for people to be aware of the dangers of Morecambe Bay before venturing out.

“A call to the local HM Coastguard for tide times and heights would be a great assistance to those who wish to use Morecambe Bay.”