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Fowey RNLI lifeboat volunteers rescue tourist and dog cut off by tide

Lifeboats News Release

On June 6 Fowey’s volunteer crew launched their D class at 4.50pm in response to a request from the coastguard. A young female German tourist and her dog had become stranded on Little Lantic beach after being cut off by the tide.

The lifeboat reached Little Lantic at 5.04pm and found the woman and the dog well and with no injuries. The lifeboat crew got them both onto the inshore lifeboat and took them back to safety, landing them on the main Lantic Bay beach so that they could resume their walk and return to their campsite.

Tidal cut off is a major cause of RNLI call outs. People are often unaware that they are in potential danger. Tidal cut off is often found in causeways, sandbanks and headlands, where access to land covers and uncovers during a tidal cycle. Always check tide times and heights and keep a look out for incoming tide. Carry a means of calling for help and call 999 and ask for the coastguard if you are in danger.

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Dog being rescued by Fowey RNLI volunteers

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