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.

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Full report: Families rescued after SOS in the sand

Two families in Cornwall are counting themselves lucky tonight after they got trapped by the tide on a beach near Rock.

It was their impromptu SOS message that was spotted by a passing walker from a cliff top.

The four adults and three children wrote the words 'Call for Help' in the sand.

The alarm was raised and a lifeboat raced to rescue them.

Jacquie Bird takes up the story:

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