Eight people rescued from incoming tide last night (Sat)

PUBLISHED: 10:54 17 July 2011




EIGHT people, including a child as young as eight, were saved from the incoming tide at Brean Down last night (Sat).

The stranded group, made up of three adults and five children, raised the alarm after becoming stuck while trying to climb cliffs to safety at about 7.15pm.

Swansea Coastguard sent a rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor, the Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team and two RNLI lifeboats to the help the people.

At 7.42pm, the group were located and the rescue helicopter winched all eight off the cliffs and to a nearby field.

After transferring the group, which came from Weston, Swansea Coastguard watch manager David Hughes said: “If people go out for a walk along the coast they should always prepare by checking the tide times and wearing appropriate clothing and footwear.

“If people find themselves in difficulty, they should always dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

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