Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Holiday makers cut off by tide at Hartland Quay

10:34 14 August 2014

The RAF

The RAF's Chivenor-based Sea King Search and Rescue helicopter

Archant

Three youngsters rescued by Chivenor Sea King after setting up barbecue under cliffs.

THREE young holiday makers from Essex were rescued after being cut off by the tide at Hartland Quay yesterday (Wednesday).

The trio had started a barbecue under the cliffs and both Hartland and Westward Ho! Coastguard were scrambled to the scene at around 6.30pm.

On arrival they decided it would be safer to have a helicopter evacuation and the youngsters were brought to the cliff top by the Chivenor Sea King.

The Coastguard crews were waiting and issued them with safety advice about the tides, reporting they were shaken but ‘in good spirits’.

A spokesman said: “These holiday makers discovered that when things got a little dangerous you can’t rely on your mobile phone.

“They tried to raise the alarm but had no service.

“They didn’t know what time high tide was and realised quite quickly that the situation was now out of their control.

“Had they stayed there they would have been swept away by the water as it gained height.

“Luckily there were plenty of other beach users that were able to raise the alarm for them by dialling 999 and asking for the Coastguard.

“It’s always worth checking the tide times before setting up camp on the beach, just in case.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other North Devon Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by North Devon Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique North Devon Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

14:28

Social media goes potty after convoy of blue light vehicles seen on Link Road and travelling through Barnstaple

Read more
15:14
Ilfracombe RNLI in ballet pose. Picture: RNLI/Jane Perrin

Volunteers gather for a Mayday photoshoot with a difference...

Read more
Yesterday, 15:04
Scenes from Ilfracombe May Day 2016

Watch: The spirit of summer is released a day earlier than usual as Ilfracombe’s May Day celebrations enjoyed a good turn out

Read more
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Torrington May Fair 2015. Pictures: Sarah Howells

Torrington is getting ready for its Mayfair celebrations and carnival this coming week - everything you need to know here.

Read more
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Ben Blake, Craig Huxtable, Lewis Pillman, Hettie Cook and Karen Vasey-Szwer are among a group of eight Bideford College students hoping to travel to Ecuador. Picture: Submitted

Supermarket check-out bag pack among a series of stunts carried out to raise funds for ‘life-changing’ trip to Ecuador.

Read more
Friday, April 29, 2016
Stowford Farm Meadows

Will Stowford Farm Meadows be crowned the king of sites in the Great British Park off?

Read more
Friday, April 29, 2016
Dave Butt, pictured during the Pilton Festival, was a staunch community champion. Picture: Barbara Fryer Photography

Hundreds pack Barnstaple Parish Church to bid farewell to community champion

Read more
Friday, April 29, 2016

Firefighters from Barnstaple were called after reports of a smell of smoke and a fire alarm sounding.

Read more
Friday, April 29, 2016

South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is letting people behind the scenes ahead of one of their busiest weekends.

Read more
Friday, April 29, 2016
Councillor Sue Hayward and town clerk Will Austin outside Barnstaple Guildhall

Barnstaple Town Council has big plans for the Guildhall, but the historic building needs a bit of sprucing up first.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications