Newquay RNLI lifeboat volunteers assist couple trapped by tide
Newquay's RNLI lifeboat volunteers were alerted at 7.05pm on Friday (15 July) and launched the charity's two inshore lifeboats to a group of people in difficulties at Porth.
The group had been body boarding when they began to struggle in currents at the northern side of Porth Beach. Fortunately, with assistance from the kayaker and surfer, the group were able to reach the shore safely, and when the two RNLI lifeboat crews arrived at Porth, the man and two children were on the beach, being treated for minor injuries by a paramedic from Newquay Coastguard rescue team. RNLI volunteers went ashore in the D class inshore lifeboat to check that no further assistance was required, before returning to Newquay Harbour at 7.30pm.
The second call of the weekend came at 1.48pm on Sunday (17 July), when Newquay's RNLI volunteers again launched both inshore lifeboats, this time following a report of two people trapped by the incoming tide at Bedruthan Steps.
The two people from the West Midlands were found around two-and-a-half hours before high tide by RNLI lifeguards from Mawgan Porth who also responded to the call in their inshore rescue boat. Despite the light north-westerly wind, there was a two-metre swell coming into shore around the steps to the beach, so it was decided to transfer the couple from the shore to Newquay's D class inshore lifeboat one-at-a-time and they were then landed safely on Mawgan Porth Beach by the RNLI volunteers, where members of Padstow Coastguard met the pair and returned them to their car.
Newquay RNLI volunteer lifeboat operations manager, Gareth Horner, said after the weekend's calls: 'We want people to enjoy their visits to the coast during the school holidays, so please visit beaches during lifeguard-hours and always check local tide times, remembering that it is possible to be trapped a few hours before high tide'.
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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.
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