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Exmouth RNLI volunteers rescue four teenagers cut off by the tide

Lifeboats News Release

On 25 June at 5.30pm, Exmouth’s inshore lifeboat George Bearman II launched following a 999 call from four teenagers cut off by the tide between Orcombe Point and Sandy Bay.

D class lifeboat George Bearman II recovers after the rescue

RNLI/Emma Tarling

Inshore lifeboat recovers after service

Crew volunteers were on scene within four minutes, recovered the three boys and one girl and landed them on the beach west of Orcombe Point to safety. George Bearman II returned to station and was ready for service again at 5.50pm.

Helm, Guy Munnings said:

‘The teenagers did exactly the right thing and immediately called 999 for the Coastguard, instead of attempting a route up the cliffs which could have resulted in injury and a more difficult rescue for us and perhaps local coastguard teams would have needed to be tasked.

‘We advised the casualties to check tide tables before they set off for future walks along the shore and showed them how to access information on their mobile phones. Our RNLI lifeguards on duty can advise you on tides between 10am and 6pm every day until September and you can pick up a tide table in our RNLI shop during opening hours. There are signs under the cliffs to inform people of the dangers of being cut of by the tides. We remind people to dial 999 if they find themselves in difficulty.’

Notes to Editors (credit: Exmouth RNLI)

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PR260628 Inshore lifeboat George Bearman II recovers after service

For more information please telephone Emma Tarling, Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07837 810082 or email: emmatarling@ymail.com.

Alternatively, you can contact the RNLI Duty Press Officer on 01202 336789

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