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Large-scale Mersey search launched after men 'seen calling for help'

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 19/06/2017 15:05:02 Lorna Hughes

A huge rescue operation was launched after two men were reportedly seen calling for help in the River Mersey.

Emergency services were called to Woodside Ferry Terminal at around 9.15am on Monday following a call from a member of the public saying the men were in the water between Monksferry and Cammell Laird.

A 22-year-old man was rescued water near to Woodside Ferry Terminal but the search for the second man is continuing.

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Mersey Ferries were suspended from 10.40am as the rescue operation continued with two helicopters, Coastguard boats and New Brighton lifeboat all joining in the search.

Ferries resumed at just after 12noon, but are currently not calling at Woodside.

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The man rescued from the water was conscious and breathing at the scene and was taken to hospital by paramedics.

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A Merseyside Fire Service spokesman said: "A significant search operation is under way from the air, on the water and from the shore side with the police helicopter, search and rescue helicopter, Marine Fire One, New Brighton lifeboat and HM Coastguard boats and emergency services on the shore all involved in the search for the missing man."

Mersey Ferries said ferries were suspended at the request of the emergency services.

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