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Rock RNLI assist three people on sandbar cut off by incoming tide

Lifeboats News Release

Rock RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews launched their D class lifeboat just before 1pm on Thursday (9 August) to reports of three people stuck on a sandbar on an incoming tide.

The casualties, two children and an adult, had become stuck on the sandbar near the sailing club as the tide came in around them. Volunteer lifeboat crew launched their lifeboat Rusper II and transported the casualties back to the safety of the shore. The lifeboat returned to station and was washed down, ready for service shortly after.

Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager Mark Lawrence said: ‘We urge everyone visiting the coast this weekend to be aware of the local tide times and cut off areas so you can keep yourself safe. Tide times are widely available online, on display at many beaches and in local businesses and arming yourself with a simple but very valuable piece of information will really make a difference.’

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