Warning issued after more people cut off by tide

A lifeboat crew member walks ashore to help a couple cut off by the tide near Charmouth (photo by Mike Haines)

EMERGENCY services have issued warnings to check tide times before walking along the beach, following another call-out to help a couple near Charmouth. 

Lyme Regis coastguards and the lifeboat crew were called out at 5.15pm yesterday (Tuesday, February 19) following reports of two people cut off by the tide near Charmouth.

The casualties were attempting to walk in the shale mud landslides below the cliffs between Charmouth and Golden Cap. One of the volunteer crew swam in to help, they waited for the coastguard rescue helicopter and were winched up and taken to a landing site in Charmouth setup by the local coastguard teams.

The two people rescued were teachers from West London visiting the area for the day.

One said: “We are so grateful to everyone involved with rescuing us today and we’re ever so sorry for the inconvenience.”

High tides and an influx of visitors during the half term holiday hve resulted in a busy few days for the coastguard and lifeboat volunteers, who were called out to help five people and a dog cut off by the tide earlier this week, as well as a man stuck in the mud.

Nick Marks, lifeboat operations manager, said: “We would encourage any visitor to the area to check tide times before walking along the beach, either Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre or Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre.

“This half term week the local area is experiencing very high tides, so it is very important to check.”

You can also check tide times online at www.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast_and_sea/tide_tables

If you see anyone in trouble in the sea, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

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