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Three people cut off by the tide in south east Cornwall

Three people cut off by the tide in south east Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 8:45am 22nd June 2020.

Three people have been rescued after getting cut off by the tide in south east Cornwall.

The Looe lifeboat got the shout to Talland Bay on Saturday evening following a pager alert.

The RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ollie Naismith was launched by Tractor driver Chris Lewis and shore crew Brian Bowdler. In a moderate southerly breeze, helm Dan Margetts, with crew Goron Jones and Jack Spree headed towards Talland in choppy seas.

Arriving on scene, the crew spotted the casualties on rocky outcrops to the west of Talland beach.

With the incoming tide the group had been split on two rocks 100 yards apart.

Looe RNLI lifeboat

Dan timed his approach through the swell, putting the bow of the D Class into the rocks, allowing Goron and Jack to help the first casualty into the lifeboat, Dan, Goron and Jack then had to repeat the same manoeuvre to pick up the other two from the second rock.

The lifeboat crew took the three casualties back to Talland beach where the Looe coastguard team were waiting.

"It was a tricky approach through the swell and rocky outcrops.

"The D Class is a very capable lifeboat and comes into her own for rescues in the surf and shallow water amongst rocks and confined locations."

Volunteer helm, Dan Margetts

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