This is the moment Ilfracombe RNLI’s inshore lifeboat rescued a mother and daughter cut off by the tide.

The Deborah Brown II was launched yesterday (Tuesday) to the pair, who had been cut off by the rising tide at Broadstrand Beach opposite the pier after passerby raised the alarm and called the coastguard.

When the lifeboat arrived, crew member Andy Day swam ashore to the pair to reassure them.

Due to the two metre surf, it was decided another crew member was needed to help them into the lifeboat, so the boat returned to the station to pick up Mark Weeks while Andy stayed with them.

Mark swam ashore and together with Andy helped the casualties individually through the breaking surf and to swim across to the boat before returning to the lifeboat station.

Mum and daughter are safe on board the Ilfracombe inshore lifeboat after being cut off by the tide at Broadstrand Beach. Picture: RNLIMum and daughter are safe on board the Ilfracombe inshore lifeboat after being cut off by the tide at Broadstrand Beach. Picture: RNLI

Leigh Hanks, RNLI mechanic at Ilfracombe, said: “This was a difficult position for the casualties to find themselves in.

“We are currently experiencing high spring tides meaning they became trapped very quickly.

“If you are visiting the coast, always check the tide times before setting out as tide and weather conditions can change very quickly. Whilst you are at the beach, be aware of your surroundings and the tide’s direction.”