Emergency services called to 12 people cut off by tide between Lyme Regis and Charmouth

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LYME Regis coastguards and lifeboat crew were called to assist 12 people cut off by the tide yesterday (Sunday).

The coastguards were called at 4.16pm to assist the group of people between Lyme Regis and Charmouth.

On arrival at end of the sea wall to the east of Lyme Regis, it was established that seven people were soon to be cut off at various points below Black Ven. Two were immediately helped to safety at Lyme Regis.

With the tide lapping the cliff base, the team relocated to Charmouth where three officers reached the other five people, whilst the lifeboat provided communications and safety cover. 

Three of the group were happy to wait for the tide to recede whilst the last two were escorted to safety with only few minutes of ‘clear’ beach.

High spring tides will continue for the rest of the week. The coastguard urges visitors to check the tide times to ensure they do not get cut off by the tide, and always allow plenty of time to complete walks along the beach.

This was the second emergency shout of the weekend of the coastguards and lifeboat crew, who were called out on Saturday afternoon to a possible person in the water.

It was reported that a person was clinging to the special mark buoy, 1km offshore at Charmouth. 

Coastguards made their way to higher ground to get a better view whilst the officer in charge liaised with the first informant to establish the circumstances.

The lifeboat searched the immediate area of concern as well as other potential target areas identified by the coastguard team. 

Once the area had been searched and no persons in difficulty located, all the search units were stood down.

A spokesperson for the coastguards said: “We would like to thank the first informant for calling the coastguard promptly and staying at the scene until all the search teams had arrived. 

“It makes a huge difference to the crews knowing all circumstances that led up to the initial 999 call.”

Woodmead Halls

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