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Tamsin ThomasRNLI Public Relations Manager
at South West.
. I would urge people doing any kind of activity in or around the coast to always check the tide times and local weather conditions so they don’t get caught out.
Lifeguards News Release
RNLI lifeguards at Crantock dealt with an unusual rescue on Wednesday (1 August) when they were called in to assist three mountain bikers cut off by the tide.
The three cyclists found themselves stranded a mile up the Gannel estuary at Newquay when a big swell and a very high tide trapped them on part of their route.The two women and a man were following a defined footpath along the edge of the Gannel when the combination of a high tide and a swell cut them off. The Crantock RNLI lifeguards became aware of the local coastguard team being mobilised and offered to assist. Crantock’s Senior RNLI lifeguard Stephen Daley and colleague, John Benney launched the inshore rescue boat (IRB) and collected the three people from where they’d been stranded, taking them to a safe landing area on the other side of the Gannel. They then returned to collect the mountain bikes, bringing them back in the rescue boat.Stephen Daley, Senior RNLI Lifeguard at Crantock, says people really should seek out advice about the local tides and weather conditions before setting off;‘We were delighted to help the mountain bikers who’d become trapped because of a tricky combination of swell, tide and current. I would urge people doing any kind of activity in or around the coast to always check the tide times and local weather conditions so they don’t get caught out. RNLI lifeguards are always happy to provide information, as are RNLI lifeboat volunteers, the coastguard and the local harbour offices.’ RNLI media contacts
For further information, please contact either Tamsin Thomas, RNLI Public Relations Manager, on 07786 668847 or email Tamsin_Thomas@rnli.org.uk or Emma Haines, RNLI Press Officer on 07920 818 807 or email email@example.com
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