Woman stuck in mud rescued by RNLI hovercraft on Crosby beach
A 22-year-old woman had to be rescued after becoming stuck in mud on Crosby beach on Merseyside.
A joint rescue was launched on Sunday afternoon involving the RNLI hovercraft, the Coastguard's Mud Rescue team and RNLI lifeguards.
The woman, who has not been identified, was pulled free by the hovercraft and was unharmed, an RNLI spokeswoman said.
The incident happened at around 13:00 BST on the beach famous for its life-sized sculptures by Antony Gormley.
In a separate incident, a man was also rescued after becoming stuck on New Brighton Beach near Vale Park at around 19:30 BST on Sunday.
The coastguard alerted the RNLI and a team from Hoylake attended to help the 20-year-old man who was up to his knees in mud.
Thousands of people travelled to Merseyside's coast over the weekend to make the most of the fine weather.