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Parents of teenage girl who died swept out to sea: "youngsters should respect the water"

The parents of a teenage girl, who died after being swept to sea in North Tyneside, are warning of the dangers the water can present.

15 year old Caitlin Ruddy was washed off North Pier, at Cullercoats, in January this year, by a large wave. She died shortly afterwards in hospital.

Now her mother Sabrina Cook, and step-father Ashley Cook, are backing an RNLI campaign called Respect The Water.

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The RNLI is aiming to reduce the number of coastal deaths which, nationally, reached a 3 year high of 168 people in 2015.

Caitlin's parents say they're grateful to the work the RNLI do.

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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.

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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