Anglers rescued by Ilfracombe lifeboat

Joseph Bulmer

TWO anglers were rescued by Ilfracombe lifeboat on Friday evening after becoming cut off by the tide at Broadsands near Combe Martin.

The pair initially called Swansea Coastguard to get information on the tide times as they were concerned they might become cut off and although they didn’t think they needed help, Ilfracombe Coastguard Rescue Team was sent to investigate.

With six feet of swell and a rising tide, the coastguard team felt assistance was needed and the Ilfracombe all weather and inshore lifeboats were called out.

The men were rescued and safely returned to shore at 9.15pm.

“Although the anglers contacted us as they were concerned about the rising tide, they were also concerned they didn’t want to put the Coastguard out, and were hoping they would not need our help,” Swansea Coastguard Watch Manager David Jones.

“In fact, they did absolutely the right thing by calling the Coastguard, as they eventually were not able to get safely ashore and needed rescuing by the lifeboat.

“People should always ensure they have up to date tide times and check the weather before going walking or angling on the coast, especially when visiting areas that are prone to being cut off by the tide.”