Two rescued from cliffs by Redcar RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Two people had to be rescued by Redcar RNLI after they became cut off by the tide on Sunday 23 February 2020.

The alarm was raised just after 1pm when one of the people dialled 999 to UK Coastguard to report that they had become cut off by the tide at the base of the cliffs at Saltburn.

Both RNLI lifeboats from Redcar were launched. When the volunteer crews arrived they saw two people stranded on a small stretch of shingle at the base of the cliff. At the time there was still another three hours before high tide and sea levels were rising quickly.

The station's smaller inshore lifeboat ran in to the shingle. A crew member went ashore to provide reassurance before fitting lifejackets to the pair and then guided them one at a time to the lifeboat.

Once safely aboard the lifeboat the helm maneuvered the craft clear of the surf.

The two people were landed ashore at Saltburn and into the care of a waiting Coastguard rescue team.

Dave Cocks, spokesman for Redcar RNLI said: 'This rescue needed to be swift. The tide was rising quickly and sea conditions were quite poor.

'Fortunately we were able to get them into the lifeboat before the tide reached to bottom of the cliffs. At that point there would have been no where for them to go to get to safety.'

For advice advice and tips to help you have fun and stay safe on the beach go to the RNLI website at https://rnli.org/safety/beach-safety

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Notes to editors:

Attached is a video of the rescue. Credit RNLI/Redcar

Redcar lifeboat station has been operating since 1802

Redcar currently operates a B-class lifeboat named Leicester Challenge III, paid for by the people of Leicester, and an IB1-class lifeboat named Eileen May Loach-Thomas, paid from the legacy of the late Mr Nick Thomas of Shropshire

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Huntcliff, Saltburn (library image)

RNLI/Dave Cocks

Huntcliff, Saltburn (library image)

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