TWO people were pulled from the water after a hovercraft sank in the Ribble Estuary.
The alarm was raised at about 9am yesterday by a fishing boat.
An RAF rescue helicopter was launched as well as two lifeboats – from Lytham and Southport.
The casualties had been in the water for about half an hour by the time help reached them and they were pulled to safety.
They were taken on board by a fishing boat which took them to shore where they refused medical treatment.
It is not known where they are from or why the hovercraft sank.
The stricken craft was later recovered by the RNLI and towed back to shore.
A spokesman for Liverpool Coastguard said: “There were two people in the water in the Ribble Estuary. They had been cockling between Lytham and Southport when their hovercraft sank.
“They had been in the water for about half an hour and a fishing vessel picked up the casualties. It landed them ashore but they refused to be seen by paramedics.”