THE pilot of a powered paraglider had a lucky escape after an emergency landing on West Kirby beach as the tide was coming in earlier this evening. 

Wirral's Coastguard Rescue Team was called at around 7pm following a 999 call reporting that the paramotor had landed approximately one mile west of West Kirby Sailing Club.

Rescue officers established from witnesses the exact location of the casualty who was found uninjured walking on the mud.

With the tide flooding in, two specially trained coastguard Mud Rescue Technicians made their way onto the mud wearing full mud rescue protective equipment. 

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Hoylake Hovercraft helped with the recovery of the casualty and his equipment to awaiting Coastguard Rescue Officers at West Kirby Marine Lake.

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Michael Buratti, station officer for Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team, said: "On this occasion, the paramotor pilot has had a lucky escape and has managed to carry out a controlled emergency landing on the beach and walked away uninjured however landing onto mud with an incoming time made the incident time critical.

"Accurate information given by the 999 caller enabled Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team to quickly deploy specially trained officers onto the mud. Given the distance from the shore, we also called upon the assistance of the RNLI Hovercraft from Hoylake".