Cheshire Fire and Rescue were called after two people became trapped when their boat capsized close to Runcorn Bridge. A third person managed to swim ashore.

Cheshire firefighters have rescued two people after they became trapped when their boat capsized at Queensway, close to Runcorn Bridge.

The structure, also known as the Silver Jubilee Bridge, spans the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal.

A spokesman for Cheshire Fire and Rescue said: “When they arrived, crews confirmed that there were two people trapped in the boat that had suffered engine problems.”

“A further person had made it to shore and was being checked by paramedics,” said the spokesman.

Fire crews threw rescue lines to the people trapped in the boat.

Meanwhile, the Bridge Rescue Boat was called to assist at the scene.

The rescue boat’s crew were able to go to the aid of the two people who were trapped, helping them to get free.

They were taken safely back to shore where they were checked over by paramedics.

Fire engines from Runcorn, Widnes, Chester plus the Technical Rescue Unit from Knutford and the boat and hydraulic platform from Chester all attended the incident.

The rescue operation took place at around 15.30 on 4 August.

Runcorn Bridge is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.