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St Agnes RNLI rescues two from rising tide

Lifeboats News Release

St Agnes RNLI Lifeboat launched yesterday (13 April) after reports of two people cut off by the tide at Star Beach, St Agnes.

Star Beach, a notorious cutoff point sits between Trevellas and Trevaunance Coves.

Katie Knight

Star Beach, St Agnes

The alarm was raised by St Agnes Surf Lifesaving Club’s Will Stableforth who was at Trevaunance Cove as part of a volunteer beach patrol provided by the club. With HM Coastguard alerted, the volunteer crew of St Agnes RNLI were paged at 3pm and the station’s D-Class Inshore Lifeboat was launched just seven minutes later.

Arriving on scene the crew found two men trapped by the tide. Visitors to the area and unfamiliar with the notorious cut-off point the two walkers were not aware that they were surrounded by water until the lifeboat arrived. Helm, Tom Kay, managed a tricky approach to the rocky cove and the casualties were recovered safe and well. Also attending was St Agnes Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team who stood by in case of the need for rope access to the shore.

The two men were returned to Trevaunance Cove were casualty care trained RNLI personnel were able to check that they were well before they went on their way.

St Agnes RNLI's volunteer Operations Manager Emma Watkins commented,

"It is all too easy to be caught out on our beautiful shore line. The tides can be very high and you can become cut off in seconds. It is very important to heed safety notices and always check on tide times before you set off, however short a distance you may be walking."

St Agnes Lifeboat was refuelled, rehoused, and ready for service at 3:30pm.

For more information on how to safe in or near tidal waters visit the RNLI's website at https://rnli.org/safety/know-the-risks/tides

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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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