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Staithes and Runswick RNLI lifeboat rescue two from tidal cut off

Lifeboats News Release

Staithes and Runswick RNLI lifeboat was tasked at 12.07pm yesterday (15 June 2023) by Humber Coastguard to two young people who were cut off by the tide south of Penny Nab.

RNLI/Den Harding

Image shows Staithes and Runswick RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat B-897 Shelia & Dennis Tongue III launching to this service.

They were seen walking around Penny Nab but not returning by a member of the public.

As the lifeboat made its way out of the harbour the volunteer crew observed two adults and two children who were trying to make their way back between Penny Nab and Staithes south pier.

The Coastguard requested Staithes and Runswick RNLI's Atlantic 85 lifeboat crew to observe whilst this happened. With this complete the lifeboat rounded Penny Steel, and a visual of the two females initially reported as cut off was gained. The sea was calm enough for the lifeboat to be driven in close to shore and held in shallow water whilst one volunteer crew member helped the casualties wade to the lifeboat.

Once all were aboard, the lifeboat returned to the station and landed the casualties safe and well.

When visiting the coast please ensure you check tide times. If you find yourself or anyone in difficulty dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. For more information visit;

RNLI Picture caption

The image shows Staithes and Runswick RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat B-897 Shelia and Dennis Tongue III launching to this service. Photo credit: Den Harding/RNLI.

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