Mother and children rescued by Cowes lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

A mother and two children were rescued by Cowes RNLI lifeboat this afternoon after being cut off by the incoming tide between Gurnard and Thorness beach.

lifeboat members on the rocks with the mother and children

RNLI/George Chastney

Crew members attend to mother and children amongst the rocks.

The mother, with a girl aged seven and a boy of 13, summoned help when the only shore above the water-line were huge rocks below an overgrown cliff.

The lifeboat, launched at 3.08 pm, found them rather fatigued and conveyed them to Gurnard Luck; there Needles Coastguard took them in their vehicle back to Thorness Bay Holiday Centre where they were staying.

The lifeboat returned to station at 3.50 pm.

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