Whitby RNLI rescue couple and their dog after tide cut off.

Lifeboats News Release

Whitby's inshore lifeboat was launched on Friday (26 March) after a call came in that a couple were trapped by the tide.

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Whitby RNLI volunteer crew aboard the inshore lifeboat during the rescue

The three volunteer crew located the couple who had a dog with them, north of Ravenscar near Whitby.

The couple had been walking along the beach and had become cut off by the tide and were unable to reach safety.

The couple and their dog were transferred to the inshore lifeboat and taken to the nearest slipway in Robin Hood's Bay.

Safety advice was given to the couple who were unharmed in the incident, and the RNLI volunteers returned to the lifeboat station.

Whitby RNLI's station mechanic Richard Dowson said: 'The couple were caught out by a high spring tide, it is easily done, especially if you're not familiar with the area or the nature of the tides. As a charity it is our aim to educate people as well as saving lives, we'd like to remind people to always check the tide times when they are visiting the coast. It is also advisable to plan your route and carry a method of calling for help.'

If you get into difficulty on or near the water you can contact the Coastguard by calling 999.

The couple and their dog are returned to safety in Robin Hood's Bay

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The couple and their dog are returned to safety in Robin Hood's Bay

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