Two females and their dogs, cut off by the incoming tide at Perranporth.

Lifeboats News Release

Two females and their dogs have been rescued from the Flat Rocks area of Perranporth, after being cut off by an incoming high spring tide.

Two of the lifeboat crew, pointing to the location of the casualties

RNLI/Paul Kimberley

St.Agnes RNLI Lifeboat crew pointing out the casualties to each other

The St.Agnes RNLI Lifeboat was launched at 1710hrs on 23rd March 2019, to join the St Agnes Coastguard Search & Rescue Team, and assist in the rescue of two female walkers, with their dogs.

The females, one in her fifties and one in her twenties, were walking from the Perran Sands area, to the main Perranporth beach, when there was a tidal surge, and they found themselves trapped between two outcrops of cliff and the water up to their knees and rising fast.

They raised the alarm, rather than trying to wade through the deeeper water around the cliff base.

The St.Agnes Lifeboat crew of Rich Draisey, Helm, Tom Forehead and Laura Penhaul, Crew, proceeded to the area to assist with the rescue.

One casualty managed to get to safety of the St.Agnes Coastguard Team, but the other needed further assistance and was to be taken up the cliff face, by one of the Coastguard Cliff Rescue Officers. Both the dogs were also assisted to safety.

The St.Agnes RNLI Lifeboat was on scene and provided water safety cover, whilst the rescue was undertaken.

Neither of the ladies were injured and the dogs were none the worse for the ordeal. When the Lifeboat Press Officer spoke to the casualties, it appeared that both of the dogs seemed keen to carry on with their walk, even though they were looking a little wet and salty from their unexpected swim in the sea.

Due to the extreme high tide, and heavy breaking shore dumping waves at Trevaunance Cove, St.Agnes, the decision was made, on the grounds of safety to the Lifeboat Crew and Shore Crew to recover the Lifeboat by road from Perranporth Beach.

The Lifeboat was eventually rehoused at St.Agnes by 7.30pm


The RNLI would like to take this opportunity to provide advice to the public regarding Beach safety and Tide Times.

Please follow this link:

https://rnli.org/safety/know-the-risks/tides

Around 190 people die in UK and Irish waters each year. That’s more than those killed in cycling accidents. Around half of those who drown never intended to get wet

Respect the Water is the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign. It highlights the risks, and advises how to avoid danger and increase the chances of surviving an emergency situation

Know what to do – visit RNLI.org/RespectTheWater

This year, we’re asking the public to help save more lives by sharing some simple survival skills:

• If you find yourself in the water unexpectedly, fight your instincts and float until the effects of cold water shock pass

• If you see someone else in trouble at the coast, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard

General coastal safety tips

Check the weather and tide times

• Read signs and be aware of local hazards

• Carry a means of calling for help

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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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