Three young people rescued from rocks at Redcar
Three young people had to be rescued from rocks at Redcar on Saturday 21 July 2018 after they were trapped by the incoming tide.
A boy and a girl aged 14-years-old and the boy’s eight-year-old sister were exploring the rocks as the tide started coming in and found their route to shore had disappeared under the rising sea. They were seen by an off-duty RNLI volunteer who then raised the alarm.
The Redcar RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched just before 7pm and had to be manoeuvred through submerged rocks to reach the location of the three children.
They were brought to the lifeboat by a crew member who had to wade onto the rocks and then carry the youngest child and escort the other two back to the lifeboat.
They were brought ashore where UK Coastguard and one of the teenager’s parents was waiting.
Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI, said: ‘This is an all-too common type of incident in the summer, especially when the school holidays begin.
‘An innocent exploration of the rocks ended in a potentially dangerous situation. Once the rocks are covered it is so much more difficult to find an escape route. There are large holes down which someone could fall and become injured. And attempting to swim can bring its own dangers.’
Dave Cocks added: ‘The seaside is a fun place to be, but everyone has to learn to respect the water. Simple precautions like checking the tide times and weather forecast can prevent things going wrong. We want you to stay safe while you’re at the beach. Our helpful tips will help you stay incident-free.
‘We urge people to use beaches where RNLI lifeguards are on duty. If you see someone in danger, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard. And if you find yourself in danger, wave your arms and shout for help.’
The RNLI website lists all the beaches where RNLI lifeguards operate and the time they are on patrol. Visit rnli.org/safety for more information.
Notes to editors:
Attached image is a screen grab from video of the rescue. Credit RNLI/Redcar
Redcar lifeboat station has been operating since 1802
Redcar currently operates a B-class lifeboat named Leicester Challenge III, paid for by the people of Leicester, and an IB1-class lifeboat named Eileen May Loach-Thomas, paid from the legacy of the late Mr Nick Thomas of Shropshire
Any images used should be credited RNLI/Redcar unless indicated
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