Whitby RNLI called out to walkers cut off by tide

Lifeboats News Release

The inshore lifeboat was launched this afternoon (Wednesday 17th august) after two walkers were cut off by the tide at Sandsend near Whitby.

The pair contacted the coastguard via their mobile phones after they realised they had been cut off after a long walk.

Three RNLI crew members launched the inshore lifeboat at 2pm and found the walkers.

They advised the pair that there was a set of steps nearby they could use to reach safety but as one of the walkers had an ankle injury it was deemed safer to transfer them via the boat to Sandsend car park.

One of the volunteer crew gave the walkers bouyancy aids to wear before safely transferring them onto the lifeboat.

Richard Dowson, station mechanic said "We'd like to remind people to check the tide times before they set off on walks around the coastline. Make yourself familiar with the area, where you can safely get off the beach and don't put yourself in danger."

"Luckily the two people today were carrying mobile phones so were able to call out the RNLI, another point to remember when walking by the sea"

"The RNLI charity's message this summer is to Respect the Water. enjoy yourselves at the coast, but be prepared."

For more information contact Ceri Oakes Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer​ at Whitby on 07813359428 or at ceri_oakes@hotmail.com


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