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Children must beware “hidden dangers” at Crosby beach

YOUNGSTERS could be killed by “hidden dangers” at Crosby beach according to a Fire Authority leader.

Children as young as eight are travelling to the beach unsupervised.

But they are unaware of dangers from Seaforth to Hightown, including sinking muddy sand, rapidly encroaching deep tides and currents of up to seven knots.

Dozens of youngsters flocked to the front at the weekend to enjoy the sun.

Cllr Jack Colbert, Liberal Democrat leader on Merseyside Fire Authority, fears a child could be killed as more youngsters take to the beach during the summer.

More than ten people have been rescued from the coastline between Hightown and Seaforth since 2007, after becoming stranded due to the rising tide or trapped in the mud.

The Merseyside Fire and Rescue Inshore Rescue Boat has been involved in many rescues on the coast.

Cllr Colbert said: “I was down at the beach at the weekend and I’m absolutely astounded how many young children were by themselves. They just haven’t got a clue about safety. This is a very dangerous beach if they are unsupervised.

“The tide comes in quickly and it comes behind you.

“We have very soft sands were they can sink.

“I would say to people please don't send your children down there on their own.

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