Beach walkers must take extra care of incoming tides

As the evenings get lighter and the days grow warmer St Agnes RNLI are issuing a reminder of the danger of incoming tides following the launch of St Agnes RNLI lifeboat on Sunday 14 March at 2.43pm.

After a call from a concerned member of the public, Blue Peter IV was launched to Chapel Porth where it was reported that two people were cut off by the tide.

Once the boat was on scene the volunteer crew members spoke to the casualties who reassured the crew that they knew the area, and were therefore able to get up the cliff path were they were met by the Coastguard Cliff Rescue.

St Agnes Lifeboat Operations Manager, Nick Marsh, reminds the public: “Care needs to be taken when walking on beaches as the tide can come in very quickly, trapping the walkers on the rocks.

“This was the first shout for St Agnes lifeboat of 2010 but it is sure to be the beginning of a busy season as Cornwall gears itself up for the influx of tourists during the Easter holidays. All the crew of St Agnes RNLI are volunteers, taking time out of their busy working lives to train and maintain the boat so they are ready to launch, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

The RNLI is funded by public donations, without which, it would be unable to operate.