Cockle picker dies near Hilbre Island

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A cockle-picker has sadly died after collapsing on sandbanks near Hilbre Island this morning.

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The man was pronounced dead after a huge rescue effort which involved the RNLI, the coastguard, police and ambulances .

Rescue crews were called to West Kirby at 8.40am to reports that a man who was cockle-picking had collapsed while on sandbanks off Hilbre Island.

The police have said an investigation is underway following the sudden death.

A spokesman said: “Officers believe they know the identity of the man and are in the process of contacting his next of kin.

“A full investigation is underway to find ascertain the circumstances around his death.”

Paramedics pronounced the 59-year-old, who is thought to have been cockle picking on Hilbre Island with friends, dead at the scene.

His body was flown to Arrowe Park Hospital by a rescue helicopter from Caernarfon. A full post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course to establish the cause of his death.

Police and several ambulances were seen on the promenade, by West Kirby boating lake and West Kirby lifeboat was also launched.

A rescue helicopter landed but left a short time later.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: “Officers believe they know the identity of the man and are in the process of contacting his next of kin.