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Six teenagers rescued after getting cut off by the tide in St Agnes

Six teenagers rescued after getting cut off by the tide in St Agnes

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:29am 21st July 2020.

Six teenagers have been rescued after getting cut off by the tide in St Agnes.

The youngsters became trapped at a notorious spot for high tide cut-offs called Star Beach, between Trevaunance Cove and Trevellas.

The RNLI launched a lifeboat just before 4pm on Sunday afternoon and the crew quickly reached the group.

With the Spring tide still due to rise for more than an hour, the crew said the boys and girls were in 'grave danger'.

Two casualties were taken to by the lifeboat to Trevaunance Cove before the boat returned to rescue the final four.

"When we got back to the final four there was not much beach left for them to stand on and absolutely no way to climb out.”

Crew member, Dr Ed Schwarz

The lifeboat was disinfected, refuelled and rehoused and ready for service at 4.16pm.

The RNLI would like to take this opportunity to remind people to observe local warning signs and always be aware of tides and conditions before venturing away from guarded beaches.

To avoid getting cut off by the tide:

  • Before you head out, make sure it’s safe. Check the tide tables.
  • While you’re out, be aware of your surroundings and the tide’s direction. 

A beach can seem like a vast playground but the tide can come in surprisingly quickly. 

As the tide moves up and down the beach, the depth of the water changes throughout the day, sometimes by as much as 10 metres.

As the tide comes in, simply walking further up the beach and away to safety might not be an option.

If you've walked round to another cove at low tide, or walked around an outcrop of rocks, the water can soon block your way back as the tide turns. If the cove you're in doesn't have steps or access of its own, you could be in trouble.

Further advice on how to avoid getting cut off by the rising tide can be found on the RNLI website.

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