Spring tidal cut off

Lifeboats News Release

Bude inshore rescue boat was tasked by Falmouth coastguard at 18:05 on Saturday 13 August.

RNLI/James Castell

The casualty, who was in their 30’s, had scrambled and rockhopped from Widemouth Bay towards Bude when they became cut off by the incoming spring high tide.

Their location was just south of Summerleaze beach; unable to find a suitable route out and back up to the coastal path they called Falmouth Coastguard and reported themself cut off.

Bude ILB proceeded to the location they had given using ‘what 3 words app’ where they spotted the casualty signalling. The crew made a safe rescue in flat calm and returned them back to Summerleaze beach where they were assessed for further medial treatment before making their way onwards on their journey.

With the big spring tides at the moment Bude Lifeboat Operations Manager Liam Sharp commented 'with the spring tides visitors often don’t realise that after the tide goes out it will turn and come back in at a rapid pace. We ask that if you’re planning on walking the beach at low tide check the local tide times.'

Our local tides times are posted daily on our social media pages. Also check with the Bude RNLI Lifeguards who patrol 7 of our beaches for tidal times and local information.

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