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Two people rescued from notorious cut-off point by Redcar RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A man and woman had to be rescued by lifeboat from a notorious cut-off point at Huntcliff, Saltburn, after they were trapped by the rising tide.

The scene of the rescue of two people cut off by the tide at Huntcliff, Saltburn.


The scene of the rescue of two people cut off by the tide at Huntcliff, Saltburn.
The man, from Darlington, and his sister, who was visiting from Canada, became trapped by the rapidly incoming tide at the base of Huntcliff, Saltburn on Monday 21 August 2017.

The alarm was raised at 1.50pm and the Redcar RNLI inshore lifeboat reached the scene at 2.10pm. A crew member waded ashore and guided first the woman, and then the man, over rocks to the waiting lifeboat.

Once on board the lifeboat they were carried to the Ship Inn slipway at Saltburn where they were placed into the care of coastguard rescue teams from Redcar, Skinningrove and Staithes.

An RNLI lifeguard who had made his way to the scene on a paddleboard returned to shore unaided. Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI said: 'The lady had become quite upset by her ordeal and needed a lot of reassurance before she was taken to the lifeboat.

'The volunteer crew member who waded ashore, Nathan Hobday, was able to comfort the lady and help her get safely into the lifeboat. He even put her mobile phone inside his waterproof drysuit to protect it during the rescue.

'This was again an all-too familiar situation for us. With the state of the tide as it was, once someone finds themselves cut-off ahead, the sea has risen behind them as well, so there's no where to go.

'Once that happens, the best thing is to raise the alarm and wait for rescue. Both climbing the cliff and attempting to swim to safety have their obvious dangers.

'And of course the best plan is to avoid the situation in the first place by checking the tide times.'


  • Attached are images of the Redcar RNLI inshore lifeboat rescuing two people cut off by the tide at Saltburn. Credit RNLI/Redcar
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The scene of the rescue of two people cut off by the tide at Huntcliff, Saltburn.


The scene of the rescue of two people cut off by the tide at Huntcliff, Saltburn.

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