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Walkers trapped by the tide in north Cornwall

Walkers trapped by the tide in north Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:31pm 29th April 2018. (Updated at 7:44am 30th April 2018)

A pair of walkers who ended up trapped by the tide in north Cornwall have been plucked to safety in the nick of time.

The emergency call to Tregardock beach, which is near Port Isaac, came through on Saturday afternoon.

Crews from Polzeath and Boscastle Coastguard Rescue Teams and Port Isaac RNLI used a lifeboat and helicopter to gain access to the walkers.

The man and woman, who were winched to safety from the south end of Trerubies Cove were checked over and escaped unhurt.

15:36 full team page alongside Boscastle Coastguard Team and Port Isaac RNLI to Tregardock Beach for two stranded...

Posted by Polzeath Coastguard on Saturday, 28 April 2018

A spokesperson for Polzeath Coastguard said: "It was a male and a female who had walked from Port Isaac.

"They got cut off by the tide, tried to get up a very narrow and difficult rough track and got stuck.

"After being safely landed in a field above Port Isaac, they decided they were okay to return to Port Isaac on foot but with added caution!"

Posting on social media, a spokesperson for Boscastle RNLI said: "Two persons cut off by the incoming tide, who then tried to clamber up on to the rocks for a way out. 

"Teams paged by Falmouth CG control room: Boscastle Coastguard Team, Polzeath Coastguard, 924 Coastguard helicopter, and Port Issac RNLI life boat. Location: Tregardock beach at the south end of Trerubies Cove.

"The Helicopter landing site was checked over and set up by the Coastguard teams.

"With the two persons checked over and winched to safety by the 924 CG helicopter and handed over to the awaiting teams, all teams were stood down. 

"Always check the weather and tidal conditions before you set out so that you can prepare accordingly".

Tregardock Beach is described as having little parking and being difficult to access on the Cornwall Beach Guide.

The website states the following about the area: "Tregardock does not feel like it is located on one of the most popular stretches of coast in Cornwall. Situated about halfway between Tintagel and Port Isaac Tregardock is often empty. The reason is it is quite difficult to get to; located at the end of a long footpath there is a bit of a climb down the rocks onto the beach making it inaccessible to many. Parking is fairly restricted to, with no car park ans only space for around 10 or so cars.

"The beach itself is non existent at high tide but as the tide drops away it reveals a fine stretch of sand with a near shore littered with rocks.

tregardock beach

Tregardock beach: Derek Harper

"What starts off as a series of small coves becomes one long sandy stretch at low tide. The cliffs behind the beach are fairly impressive too, sheer and high they are punctuated with caves and overhangs.

"At the northern end of the beach there is a shallow cave with a waterfall cascading down the cliffs in front.

"There are plenty of rockpools and an abundance of mussels cover the rocks. With so much to explore it is worth keeping an eye on the incoming tide to make sure you don't get cut off".

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