WATCH: Couple rescued clinging to Birnbeck after swim attempt

PUBLISHED: 08:44 01 July 2015 | UPDATED: 08:44 01 July 2015

The couple were rescued by the RNLI clinging onto Birnbeck Pier.

The couple were rescued by the RNLI clinging onto Birnbeck Pier.

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A COUPLE were left clinging to Birnbeck Pier after they attempted to swim the Bristol Channel and had to be rescued by the RNLI.

Weston’s lifeboat crews launched just after lunchtime yesterday (Tuesday), after reports of two people hanging onto the pier screaming for help.

The man and woman, from Sutton Coldfield, were found standing on stone struts while the tide flowed rapidly around their feet.

They were taken to Knightstone Harbour and then released to carry on their holiday.

D class lifeboat helmsman Terry Wells said: “The speed of the tide running under Birnbeck Pier could have put these two into serious danger.

“Although it is very hot we do not advise swimming in the Bristol Channel unless you keep well in to the beach or you know the waters very well.”

The shore crew also noticed a woman crying because she was up to her knees in mud and unable to move.

Two of the crew walked through the mud and helped the woman, who was also from Sutton Coldfield, to firm ground.

Watch the RNLI rescue two men from a sinking dinghy which had floated a mile out to sea on Monday.

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