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Newquay's RNLI volunteers rescue pregnant woman trapped by the tide

Lifeboats News Release

Newquay's RNLI lifeboat volunteers rescued a pregnant woman who was trapped by the tide below steep cliffs near the Barrowfields, more than two hours before high tide on Saturday evening (17 June).

Her husband swam out of the cove and around to the north east side of Tolcarne Beach to raise the alarm, and the RNLI volunteers quickly arrived on the charity's D class inshore lifeboat, having first carefully negotiated large submerged rocks in the one-metre swell, using the lifeboat's emergency oars to gauge the depth of water and guide them safely towards the woman's position.

With Newquay Coastguard rescue team providing support from the clifftop, the RNLI lifeboat crew were able to manouvre back out past the rocks and landed the unhurt woman safely on Tolcarne Beach just before 9.30pm, along with a surfer who had gone to her aid before emergency services arrived.

A spokesman said: 'The couple were visiting Newquay from Stoke-on-Trent and were very grateful for the lifeboat crew's assistance. Please remember to check local tide times before walking the coast, and bear in mind that is possible to be trapped around two-to-three hours before high tide, as happened on Saturday. Please support our RNLI volunteers at Newquay Lifeboat Day on Sunday 20 August 2017'.


Newquay RNLI volunteers rescue pregnant woman cut off by the tide

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