St Agnes RNLI Lifeboat Called To Cut-off Bathers

Lifeboats News Release

During routine training on Thursday evening, St Agnes’ D-Class inshore lifeboat was asked to investigate reports of people cut off by the rising tide at Porthtowan beach.

Low tide compared to high tide at St Michael's Mount, Cornwall

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Low tide compared to high tide at St Michael's Mount, Cornwall

At 6.03pm the crew were contacted by HM Coastguard and asked to proceed to the eastern end of Porthtowan beach, near the tidal pool. Arriving within 10 minutes the crew found that the persons cut off were climbing out to safety. After standing by to ensure that all of the bathers were safe, the volunteer crew made a shoreline search in case of further casualties before returning to their scheduled training exercise.

Helm Tom Forehead commented, “We are always relieved when people are able to get themselves to safety, although climbing poses its own obvious dangers. I would urge people to check the tide times before venturing away from supervised bathing areas.”

For more information on how to stay safe on the shoreline, please visit https://rnli.org/safety/know-the-risks/tides


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