Lifeboat rescues more people cut off by spring tides

The Ilfracombe RNLI inshore lifeboat

The Ilfracombe RNLI inshore lifeboat - Credit: Archant

High tides catch out unsuspecting beach goers for the second time in 24 hours.

RESCUE teams in Ilfracombe have been called out for a second time in 24 hours to rescue people cut off by incoming tides.

Two people were plucked to safety by RNLI lifeboat and Coastguard rescue teams at Hele Bay after being alerted by a member of the public, shortly after 6pm today (Thursday).

The inshore lifeboat brought the stricken pair safely to shore.

In an almost identical rescue yesterday evening, the same lifeboat rescued a 13-year-old girl from rocks after she was cut off by swiftly rising waters at Lee Bay.

She had tried to wade through the incoming tide but thought better of it and climbed onto a rock to wait for help.

Swansea Coastguard watch manager Dave Jones said: “It might just be an unlucky coincidence that we’ve had two almost identical rescues in two days around Ilfracombe, but it’s more likely that people are getting caught out by the high spring tides that we have at the moment.

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“This tide comes in faster and further than usual and so for this reason people out and about on the North Devon coast need to be especially careful when planning their walk along the beach.

“Always check the weather and tide timetable before you set out on your walk and wear appropriate clothing. If you do get cut off call 999 Coastguard.”

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