Man hides on cliff after emergency services called out

lifeboat boathouseFOR the second consecutive evening, emergency services were called to a person cut off by the tide between Lyme Regis and Charmouth yesterday (Sunday).

Lyme Regis coastguards and lifeboat crew were called to the scene at 6.15pm. However, as soon as he was spotted by the emergency services the man started climbing the cliff and deliberately hid.

As the area was inaccessible, searches of all the surrounding areas were continued but there was no further sightings.

After two hours and without any further information, the search was stood down.

A spokesperson for the coastguards said: “The coastguard team and the lifeboat crew will always want to make sure that the casualty is safe and is also in a place of safety.

“If you believe that the emergency services may have been sent to help you, please do not hide. Make contact and let us know that all is okay. We can return to base knowing that that the initial call was a false alarm with good intent.

The call-out followed a similar incident on Saturday evening, when the coastguards, lifeboat crew and coastguard helicopter rescued someone cut off by the tide in the same area.

This week sees high spring tides with ‘high water’ in the morning and evening. Please check the tide times and plan your activities accordingly.

If you get into difficulty on the coast, call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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