PICTURES: The lifeboats sent to the rescue:

The RNLI Padstow all-weather and Rock D class inshore lifeboats were used to rescue four adults and three children on Butter Hole beach in Padstow.

A cliff walker spotted the words "send for help" written in the sand.

RNLI Padstow all-weather lifeboat. Credit: RNLI.
RNLI Rock D class inshore lifeboat. Credit: RNLI.

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SOS in the sand

The RNLI was called to Butter Hole beach in Padstow yesterday after a cliff walker spotted the words "send for help" written in the sand.