Press Notice No: 46_12
Sunday, April 08, 2012
Posted 13:46 GMT
999 CALLS ALERT COASTGUARD TO PEOPLE CUT OFF AT ARNSIDE
Two people, along with their two dogs, had to be rescued after they became cut off by the tide whilst out walking at Far Arnside near North Morecambe.
At 11.10 this morning, Liverpool Coastguard received a flurry of 999 calls from concerned members of the public who could see the people out walking and reported that the tide was coming in around them. At 11.15 one of the pair involved rang Liverpool Coastguard to ask for help. He told the Coastguard that they were trying to make it to shore but being forced back by the water.
Liverpool Coastguard sent the Arnside Coastguard Rescue Team (who are equipped with rescue jet skis) to the scene, and requested the launch of the Morecambe RNLI lifeboat. With the water coming in fast around the pair, 999 calls continued to come into the Operations Room from worried members of the public ashore. The Coastguard Rescue Team located the casualties, who were by this time knee deep in water, and supplied them with lifejackets and prepared them for transferral into the lifeboat, which arrived at 11.50. Liverpool Coastguard also called an ambulance, which was waiting ashore and checked over the two people, who were deemed to not require medical attention.
Graham Parr, Watch Manager, Liverpool Coastguard said:
The spring tides present at this time of year bring tides that are both higher, and stronger, than usual, and so it is even more important that people check the tide times before they venture out on a walk. Of course, in this location, we also have the Arnside bore, a tidal bore that brings fast flowing water that can be perilous for anyone on the beach during an incoming tide.
Posted By: Rosie Tapping
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