Walton and Frinton RNLI rescue two people cut off by the tide while fishing.
Walton and Frinton lifeboat was called to assist two males that had been cut off by the high tide at Walton on the naze, Essex.
While the crew were preparing to launch and given the close proximity to the launching ramp the stations boarding boat was utilised to approach the casualties and retrieve them from the break water. With moderate seas and high tide the casualties were being swamped with waves while trying to hold on to the navigational mark.
With the boarding boat in position the casualties where taken from the breakwater and safely landed back at the beach to their waiting families. The crew recovered the boarding boat and prepared for the next service call.
Dale Steggles, crew member at Walton and Frinton Lifeboat station commented "We urge the public to consider the wind and tide before making decisions when involving the sea. This weekend the tides were large spring tides, being higher than usual coupled with the wind could have made for a very different outcome for the two individuals. Thankfully a number of 999 calls received from the public meant we were able to ensure they got back home safely to their families".
Notes to Editor:
Please credit the bystander footage to Darren Murphy
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