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Couple get cut off by the tide and stranded on rocks in Newquay

Couple get cut off by the tide and stranded on rocks in Newquay

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:12am 23rd July 2020.

A couple have been rescued after getting cut off by the tide and stranded in Newquay.

The pair had been out walking when they became stranded on rocks at Watergate Bay, as the fast flooding spring tide came in on Tuesday afternoon.

A joint rescue involving RNLI lifeguards and the Newquay RNLI lifeboat took place at around 5pm.

HM Coastguard made radio contact with the RNLI alerting all parties of a couple who were cut off by the incoming tide and stranded to the southside of the beach.

Lifeguards, Luke Hollobone and Sam Coad were first on the scene and immediately requested back up from the lifeboat due to the difficult positioning.

The coastguard confirmed that the inshore lifeboat (ILB) had been launched from Newquay lifeboat station and they would be imminent. 

Meanwhile, Sam swam over to join the couple who were stranded on the rocks and reassured them that back up was on the way to safely evacuate them off the rocks.

Couple cut off by tide at Watergate Bay

The RWC was unable to get close enough to assist the couple but the ILB could get a lot closer and avoid the couple having to get in the water and the possibility of further danger.

Newquay ILB arrived at the scene minutes later and handed the life jackets to Sam to give to the couple.

Ashley Mann, at the helm of the ILB, safely transferred the couple into the ILB and took them to Whipsiderry beach, just south of Watergate Bay, where they were staying that night.

"This joint rescue demonstrated great teamwork from both the RNLI and HM Coastguard and was the safest way to evacuate the couple off the rocks.

"During a spring tide at Watergate Bay, the water can recede to a 3km stretch of beach and on a high tide the beach can decrease to as little as 100m.

"Please make sure you check the local tide times and always ask the lifeguards for advice."

RNLI lifeguard, Luke Hollobone

Couple cut off by tide at Watergate Bay

Anyone planning a visit to the coast should remember and follow RNLI safety advice:

  • Have a plan – check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage
  • Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water
  • Do not allow your family to swim or surf alone
  • Do not use inflatables
  • If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE, fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and FLOAT
  • In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard

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