Whitby RNLI rescue walkers after they get trapped by incoming tide.

Lifeboats News Release

The two walkers were caught out on Saturday (11 January)

Whitby RNLI inshore lifeboat in Whitby Harbour

RNLI/Ian Taylor

Whitby RNLI's inshore lifeboat returns to harbour after the rescue
Whitby's inshore lifeboat was launched after a call came in from the public who spotted two people trying to climb a wall to escape the incoming tide.

The volunteer crew quickly reached the scene and transferred the pair to the lifeboat. The boat returned to harbour where safety advice was given to the two people, who were unharmed in the incident.

Whitby RNLI Station Mechanic Richard Dowson said: 'When walking along the coast, always check your access points as well as the tide times. If you are not close to an exit point we would advise planning your trip around the tide times. The water can rise a lot more quickly than expected, leaving people trapped and unable to reach safety.

We would also like to remind people when walking on the beach to carry a means of calling for help. The coastguard can be alerted by calling 999.'

For more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or at ceri_oakes@hotmail.com

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