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Holidaymakers Rescued from Beach

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7:01am 10th April 2012

Two people have been rescued after getting cut off near Newquay.

RNLI crew got them to safety after the tide trapped them between Whipsiderry and Watergate.

Falmouth coastguards received a 999 call from a member of the public reporting two people cut off by the tide. The two holiday makers had been caught out by the incoming tide and were trapped on rocks north of Whispiderry beach.

Newquay’s inshore lifeboats were launched. Arriving on scene they quickly found the two casualties and an RNLI lifeguard from Watergate beach.

Alerted by the coastguards, lifeguard Kerk Latham had gone to the location and swam ashore to where the casualties were sitting on rocks. Aware that the lifeboats were already enroute, he guided the casualties to the small remaining area of beach where it would be easier and safer for them to be transferred to the lifeboat.

They were then transferred back to the safety of the harbour.

On Saturday another group of tourists suffered hypothermia when they got cut off at Porthcurno. Three had to be airlifted from cliffs by a team from RNAS Culdrose, while a fourth was rescued by lifeboat. They were from London, Oxford and Brighton.

A spokesperson said, "Always check tide times and keep an eye on the incoming tide. If you do get into difficulties dial 999 and ask for the coastguard. If you are travelling abroad make sure you know the number for the appropriate emergency services. For Europe it is 112 – did you know this number will also work in the UK?"

Newquay RNLI Watergate

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7:01am 10th April 2012

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