Young men rescued from the incoming tide

Two young men were rescued tonight after they were cut off by the tide as they walked from Southport to Crosby. Liverpool Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received a 999 call from a member of the public at 8.10pm reporting that the two men were on a thin sandbank at the mouth of the River Alt. The Crosby Coastguard Rescue Team, the RNLI hovercraft and Inshore Lifeboat from New Brighton and the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service went straight to the scene. The RNLI hovercraft rescued two men at just before 8.45pm. Liverpool Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Watch Manager Paul Parkes said:
“These two young men were very lucky as the water had come in up to their knees by the time they were rescued. Our advice is to always check the weather and tide times before you set out. Please don’t take risks and think about whether you could be cut-off before you reach your destination”.


Croyde lifeguards rescue eight people from rip current

RNLI lifeguards patrolling Croyde rescued eight people yesterday afternoon (Thursday 19 July) after the bathers and bodyboarders were caught in an extremely strong rip current. The group, which included children, were extremely frightened and shocked at the strength of the current and couldn’t get back to shore. Lifeguards on duty were alerted to the incident at approximately 1pm when the tide was at its lowest point of the day. RNLI lifeguard Gary Sinkevicius was on patrol at the shoreline when he noticed some people go outside of the red and yellow flagged bathing area and begin to struggle in a rip current. He responded immediately on a rescue board and paddled out to the scene. He said:
“I passed two adults and children who were also caught in the rip current but were managing so I went straight to a woman and two children who appeared to be in more imminent trouble and were distressed. I took the two children on the board while lifeguard Russell Harrison, who had paddled out on a rescue board to assist, helped the mother. We paddled them to shore and headed straight back out to the scene to help others. In that time lifeguard Jimmy Manley had also helped a man from the rip current and brought him back to shore. Russell and I went back out to two children and an adult and brought them back to the beach. About 30 minutes later I went back out into the water to rescue another man who was struggling.”
RNLI lifeguard supervisor Matthew Whitley, said:
“There was a particularly strong rip current in the middle of Croyde beach yesterday, and unfortunately these people went outside of the bathing zone and got caught in it about 50 metres offshore. The lifeguards responded swiftly to the situation and did a great job in bringing everyone back to shore safely. The casualties were all very shaken up afterwards and grateful of our help. With school summer holidays upon us, and the weather forecast set to improve, the RNLI is offering the following top five beach safety tips to help people remember their seaside trips for the right reasons”.
RNLI’s beach safety tips
1. Swim at a lifeguarded beach, between the red and yellow flags
2. Never use inflatables in strong winds or rough seas
3. Check weather and tide times before you go
4. If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help
5. If you see someone else in trouble, tell a lifeguard. If you can’t see a lifeguard, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.
For further information on Rip Currents go to the RNLI website…

Training session by Happisburgh RNLI volunteers leads to dramatic rescue

With the ever changing coast line of North Norfolk, senior helmsman Tim Grimmer at Happisbugh RNLI took the opportunity to map the old sea defences on the evening of Thursday 5th July, with a very low tide making the job much easier.
While checking the reefs at 5.45pm, a small boat was seen against a reef.  The crew went to investigate and found a man trapped by ropes in the water beside the boat; the crew entered the water and cut the man free and recovered him into the lifeboat and gave him first aid for shock and suspected hypothermia. The man was then taken to the beach, where they were joined by RNLI Lifeguards, based at Sea Palling, who used their vehicle to transport the man up the beach to the awaiting ambulance. Had it not been for Happisburgh’s training session this evening, the outcome may have been much more serious and this highlights the dangers of going to sea alone. Read more on the RNLI website…

Two girls rescued from the mud in Langstone Harbour

Two girls were rescued from the mud in Langstone Harbour, Portsmouth this afternoon after they went to rescue their dog and became stuck themselves. At just before 3pm Hampshire Fire and Rescue called Solent Coastguard to say they had been called to rescue two girls from the mud in Langstone Harbour, just off the Eastern Road, Portsmouth. Two girls had been playing with their dog when they thought it had become stuck in the mud. They went to rescue it and became stuck up to their waists. The dog managed to free itself and made it back to solid ground. Solent Coastguard sent Portsmouth, Hillhead and Hayling Island Coastguard Rescue teams who are all trained in mud rescue. South Central Ambulance and Hampshire Police were also sent to the scene to assist. Using specialist mud equipment the girls were freed at just before 4.15pm.
Katharine Piggin Solent Coastguard Watch Manager said;
“If your dog becomes stuck in mud please don’t try to free it yourself as you can become stuck yourself. If you do become stuck in mud you should try and spread your weight as much as possible and if you have a mobile phone dial 999 and ask for the coastguard. Avoid moving and stay as calm as you can. You should also discourage others from attempting to rescue you because without the proper equipment they could become stuck too”.   Read more on the MCA website…

Pensioner rescued from the Mud at Crosby

A pensioner was rescued from the mud at Crosby Beach, Sefton this afternoon after she had been stuck for over an hour. She was found, stuck up to her waist, at 4pm today by RNLI beach lifeguards on a routine patrol of Crosby Beach, Sefton. The 70 year-old local woman had been trying to raise the alarm for over an hour by shouting at dog walkers and beach users (there were around 50 in the area) but they hadnt heard her.
The Lifeguards contact MRCC Liverpool to explain the situation. The Coastguard Rescue team from Crosby, who specialise in mud rescues, were sent to the scene and the woman was quickly pulled from the mud by the Coastguards with assistance from the lifeguards. Its believed that the recent heavy rain has created an area of mud approximately the size of four car park spaces in an area that is normally soft sand around 200m north of Seaforth docks. The woman was taken by the Crosby Coastguard Rescue team to Liverpool Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre where she recovered from her shock and exhaustion. Su Daintith Liverpool Coastguard Watch Manager said;
“Recent heavy rains have transformed some areas of soft sand in to quick sand. If you do become stuck in mud stay as calm as you can, spread your weight as much as possible and if you have a mobile phone dial 999 and ask for the coastguard. If you dont have a phone slowly wave your arms above your head and shout to try and attract attention. You should also discourage others from attempting to rescue you because without the proper equipment they could become stuck too”. Read more on the MCA website…

Cycle ride comes to a sticky end

A cycle ride came to a sticky end this afternoon when a 51 year-old male cyclist was rescued from the mud near a track between Milford on Sea and Barton on Sea, Hampshire. At just before 2pm the man called 999 to report that he was stuck in the mud just off the track at Taddiford Gap after coming down the cycle track from the car park. Solent Coastguard sent Coastguard Rescue teams from Lymington and Southbourne to the scene with a specialist Coastguard mud rescue team from Hilllhead. Hampshire Fire and Rescue and South Central Ambulance were also asked to assist.
The man had been walking along the beach with his bike when he noticed that the tide was coming in. He tried to make his way further up the beach but soon his trainers became stuck in the mud. In attempting to take his shoes off, he found himself sinking further into the mud – by this time up to knees. At this point he decided to call for help. This was just as well, as by the time he was finally rescued at just before 2.40pm, by a combination of Coastguard and Fire & Rescue equipment; he had continued to sink up to his waist. There was also the added risk of the unstable cliff above him showing signs of imminent collapse.
Mike OSullivan – Solent Coastguard Watch Manager said;
“The heavy recent rain and incoming tides can create areas of quicksand which quickly suck you in. If you become stuck in mud you should try and spread your weight as much as possible and, if you have a mobile phone, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Avoid moving and stay as calm as you can. You should also discourage other well meaning members of the public from attempting to rescue you because, without the proper equipment, they could become stuck too. Before you set out to explore the beaches and coastline in your area, always remember to check the times of High and Low Water and plan your trip accordingly”. Read the full article on the MCA website… 

Anglers rescued from fog

Two anglers were rescued this afternoon from thick fog after their vessel broke down. The Elvie called Whitby Harbour office at just after 10.30 this morning to say that the vessel had broken down with two people on board. They gave their position as 8km east of Whitby. The harbour office called Humber Coastguard. Whitby RNLI Lifeboat was asked to go to the vessels assistance and the Whitby Coastguard Rescue Team went to harbour to glean as much information about the vessel as they could. Humber Coastguard attempted to contact the Elvie to confirm their location but couldn’t contact them. It later transpired that this was because the vessels battery was flat and so their VHF radio wouldn’t work. Luckily they hadn’t drifted in the fog and the Whitby RNLI Lifeboat quickly found the Elvie. The lifeboat then brought the vessel back to Whitby Harbour where they were met by the Whitby Coastguard Rescue Team.

Graham Dawson, Humber Coastguard Watch Manager said: “If you are thinking about heading out in a small boat in thick fog please remember it’s not just about what you can see but whether other vessels can see you. Without radar reflectors small boats may be invisible to large ships. Simple checks, like battery charge can make a difference between an enjoyable days fishing and a frustrating day waiting to be rescued. Before you set out prepare well so that you can have a safe and enjoyable time. If you do get into difficulty your first call should be to the Coastguard. Use your VHF radio on channel 16 or call 999 on your mobile and ask for the Coastguard”. Read more on the MCA website…

Two men rescued after capsizing dinghy

At 11.30 am today, Clyde Coastguard observed a small dinghy, from their operations room, that had been launched from Cardwell Bay slipway, with two men aboard. Whilst the dinghy was being watched by the Coastguard, one of the men stood up and fell into the water, capsizing the dinghy, and throwing the other man into the water. Clyde Coastguard called out the Greenock Coastguard Rescue Team and requested the launch of the Helensburgh RNLI inshore lifeboat.

The Clyde Harbour Pilot Boat, which was already on the water, responded to the Coastguards request for help, and recovered the two men (only one of whom was wearing a lifejacket) from the water. The men were brought to shore to be met by waiting coastguards and an ambulance. They were taken to hospital suffering from the effects of the cold water.

Calum Murray, Watch Manager, Clyde Coastguard said: “Small boats are unstable platforms so be careful when moving around and try to distribute your weight as evenly as possible. We recommend that recreational sailors and motorboaters wear lifejackets at all times whilst on deck. These should be well maintained and have a sprayhood, light and whistle if possible. A crotch strap is an important part of the lifejacket as it stops it from riding up whilst in the water, so make sure that you wear it. Check your lifejacket over regularly, paying particular attention to the gas canister – make sure that it is properly connected and is not rusty. Make sure that you have a suitable method of communication with you. A VHF DSC radio is ideal with a charged mobile phone in a plastic bag and marine flares as back-up. Remember though, that a mobile phone cannot be relied upon since signal quality is often intermittent at best when at sea”. Read more on the MCA website…

Coastguards wade in to rescue surfer

A teenage surfer was rescued from the water at Saltburn-by-the-Sea this afternoon after Skinningrove Coastguard Rescue Team donned water rescue equipment and recovered her to the shore. The coastguard rescue team were in the area after responding to another incident on the cliffs nearby when they were made aware of a female that had got into difficulty and was unable to make it back to the beach at Saltburn-by-the-Sea. At the same time, several 999 calls were made to the operations room at Humber Coastguard to report the incident, including from the concerned father of the 17-year-old girl. Humber Coastguard requested the launch of the Redcar RNLI lifeboat to assist. Meanwhile, Skinningrove Coastguard donned water rescue equipment and waded into the breakers with a spare lifejacket to recover the surfer. The teenage surfer was brought ashore exhausted and reunited with her family. Read more on the MCA website…

Anglers lost in fog, guided to safety

Two anglers, who became disorientated in fog on a rising tide, were helped to safety last night by the Llantwit Major Coastguard Rescue Team and two lifeboats. Bernie Kemble, Swansea Coastguard Watch Manager says:

Before you set out on angling trip, make sure that you prepare well so that you can have a safe and enjoyable time:

1. Check the tide times – this information is widely available on the web. Be particularly aware of spring tides (we are experiencing them at the moment). A spring tide means that high water is higher than usual.

2. Check the weather forecast. Be aware of the potential for fog even following pleasant clear weather.

3. Wear reflective clothing and take a good torch with you.

4. Make sure that you take a means of contact with you (be aware that mobile phone coverage is patchy under cliffs etc).

5. Consider whether you need to wear a lifejacket – for example if you are fishing from rocks near the sea at night. Read more on the MCA website…