Baby airlifted to safety after being cut off by the tide
A family with their one-year-old were dramatically rescued by RNLI Newquay lifeboats, RNLI Mawgan Porth lifeguards and the Coastguard Helicopter from the rocks at Bedruthan Steps
The Cornwall family are among the many who have been rescued so far this summer having been cut off by rising water. Last year, RNLI Beach Lifeguard teams responded to 672 incidents involving people cut off by tides.
In this incident, Mawgan Porth lifeguards were alerted to the casualties on the rocks on 10 June, at 1:25pm. The lifeguards reached the casualties using the inshore rescue boat and assessed them for any injuries. Both of Newquay’s inshore lifeboats were launched to assist the lifeguards. A volunteer lifeboat crew member and paramedic swam ashore to assist the lifeguards in assessing and reassuring the casualties. The RNLI teams were also assisted by Newquay and Padstow coastguard rescue teams who provided support from the cliff top.
Their position made access via boat extremely difficult so the assistance of the Coastguard helicopter was requested. Both the crew member and the lifeguard stayed with the casualties until the helicopter arrived and they were winched to safety.
Speaking after his involvement in the rescue, Simon Cooke, RNLI Mawgan Porth Beach Lifeguard said:
‘This was a very scary situation for the family to find themselves in. It is important to always keep an eye on the tide when visiting the coast. Remember to check the tide times before visiting beaches and ask the lifeguards for advice at any time.’
The RNLI are reminding visitors to the coast to respect the water. Always carry a means of communication so you can raise the alarm if you find yourself in trouble. If you spot anyone in difficulty at the coast ring 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.