Minehead RNLI help during a round-Britain walker’s early setback
A Coventry woman’s planned adventure of walking all the way around the coast of Britain came to an unscheduled halt after just three miles as she found herself trapped by the rising tide – and calling 999 for help.
The 28-year old set out this morning from Minehead, the start of the South West Coast Path which runs for 630 miles to Poole.
But instead of keeping to the official route she attempted the first lap to Porlock along a boulder beach at the foot of 800-foot cliffs.
And just under a mile from Hurlestone Point she found the tide cutting off her advance and her retreat.
Minehead’s volunteer RNLI crew launched the station’s D class and located her within 10 minutes, but with a moderate swell running extricating her was far from simple.
The crew dropped the anchor and veered down the line to as close to the beach as possible and crew member Karla Thresher swam ashore to help the woman back aboard. She was landed at Porlock Weir, shaken but unhurt.
D class helm Phil Sanderson said: “She was carrying an enormous backpack and how she managed to get so far I have no idea.
'That stretch of shoreline is best avoided unless you know it well. The tide comes right up to the cliffs in places and there are only two locations where it’s possible to climb up – and then only if you’re pretty fit.'
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