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RNLI issue warning on being trapped by tide at Saltburn

Families walk on Saltburn Pier during hot weather at Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/

Redcar RNLI have issued a bank holiday warning about the perils of being trapped by the tide at Saltburn.

Already in 2016 there have been four emergencies at Huntcliff, involving 10 people, who have found themselves cut off by the rising tide.

Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI says:

We have a beautiful stretch of coastline here and it’s great to see the beaches full of people having fun.

But it’s no fun finding yourself trapped, cold and wet, by the relentless approach of the tide. Once you are pinned against the base of the cliffs, there’s nowhere to go. You will need to be rescued, and you have to raise the alarm early.

The most common time to be cut off at Huntcliff is about three hours after the tide has started to come in. That also means there’s another three hours of rising tide to come, and that is obviously going to have serious consequences."

– Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI

The RNLI offers the following advice to anyone using the beach:

  • Check the tide times before you venture out to place where you could get trapped.
  • Always look for areas of the beach patrolled by lifeguards. Look for the yellow and red flags.
  • Never swim on your own. Always have someone with you who can raise the alarm.
  • If you go on the sea in any sort of craft, always wear a lifejacket.
  • If you get into difficulties, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard. Stay calm and stay on the line. Otherwise, raise your arm in the air and shout for help.

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Teenagers rescued in Saltburn after tide cuts them off

The lifeboat on its way to rescue four teenagers in Saltburn who were cut off by the tide Credit: RNLI

Four teenagers have been rescued by the RNLI (Redcar) lifeboat from the base of Huntcliff in Saltburn after getting cut off by the tide.

The teenagers, all aged 16 and 17 years, were trapped by the incoming tide at the notorious cut-off point near the Ship Inn in Saltburn.

The three men and one woman were cold and wet but otherwise unhurt, and were taken back to Redcar where they were checked over.

They were later picked up by their parents from Kirkleatham police station.

‘They are four very lucky young people.

They had managed to climb to a point of safety to escape the tide. They were able to telephone the police to raise the alarm, and the police then passed on the call to UK Coastguard who tasked our lifeboats.

‘The police arranged for a CCTV camera on the promenade at Saltburn to monitor the young people until we arrived.

‘This was a routine rescue we’ve carried out countless times. If they’d checked the tide times the incident would probably not have happened.’

– Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI

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RNLI called to help save stranded dog

The dog was rescued. Credit: Redcar RNLI

Redcar's RNLI lifeboat team have been called to help rescue a dog, which became stranded at the South Gare near the town.

The dog ran away from its owner and became stranded on a rocky outcrop as the tide began to come in.

The owner called the coastguard, and they arrived, with the inshore lifeboat team, to find that the dog had already been rescued by members of the public.

Two men who were in the area were able to reach the dog and carry it back to safety before the tide came in.

The dog is thought to be uninjured.

Search at Tynemouth stood down after nothing found

A search was undertaken this evening (Wednesday 10 February) for a person seen walking into the sea at Longsands, Tynemouth.

The Coastguard was contacted by a member of the public at 5.20pm and launched a search of the area involving Blythe Coastguard Rescue Team, Cullercoats and Tynemouth RNLI lifeboats, Tyne Voluntary Life Brigade, Northumbria Police and the Coastguard rescue helicopter.

The search has been completed with nothing found and the Coastguard has stood down the search pending any further information.

– Maritime & Coastguard Agency
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