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RNLI lifeguards rescue 12 people cut off by tide at Tregantle beach

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguards rescued a group of 12 people caught out by incoming tides at Tregantle beach.

The 12 holidaymakers got in to difficulty at Longsands, west of Tregantle beach, when they became cut off shortly before high tide on Saturday 18 June.

The group, which included four adults, four teenagers and four children, were having a barbecue at the beach when they were cut off by the incoming tide at 4.15pm.

RNLI lifeguards were monitoring the beach as the tide was coming in when they spotted the group in trouble.
The Tregonhawke Inshore Rescue Boat (IRB) was launched to pick up the group, and made several trips to assist all 12 of them back to safety at Tregantle beach.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, Ant Thorpe, said: ‘We would always advise checking tide times and conditions if you plan on visiting more remote parts of the beach. If you are unsure, speak to the lifeguards. They are professionals and will provide you with all the relevant safety information.'

The RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign is running throughout the summer. To find out more about the dangers of the coast and how to stay safe, visit or search #RespectTheWater on social media. 
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