Wednesday, 31 August 2011


Two teenage boys who called the Coastguard after wandering around lost and disorientated on the Isle of Sheppey for six hours were reunited with their parents this evening after a search involving a lifeboat, helicopter and coastguard rescue team.

Thames Coastguard received the 999 call at 9.30 pm from the two boys, aged 16 and 17, who were staying with family on the Isle of Sheppey but had become lost trying to find their way back to their chalet.  They told the Coastguard that they had been wandering for six hours, and had stopped to ask people for directions, but had become totally disorientated and could give little information on their location except to say that they were on a beach at the base of some cliffs.  They also gave the description of an emergency marker they had passed some hours before. 

Thames Coastguard estimated their position and sent the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team, also requesting the launch of the Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat.  The Rescue Helicopter from RAF Wattisham was returning from an exercise in the area and so refuelled and also proceeded to the same location, arriving on scene at 10.20 pm.  Within minutes of arriving on scene the helicopter located the boys, just a few kilometres from their estimated position.   They transported the two teenagers to a nearby landing site where they were met by the coastguard rescue team, who, after discussions with the boys, managed to ascertain the holiday park where they were staying and take them there to be reunited with their parents.

Thames Coastguard Watch Manager Aimee Rampton said:

“This was a particularly challenging incident, as the only information the two boys could provide us with was the name of the island they were staying on.  With no indication of their location, we had to launch an immediate search for the teenagers as they had become stranded on what we now was Leysdown Beach, with the tide coming in around them in the darkness, having been walking around for several hours.  The boys were wet and cold and were very relieved to be found by the helicopter – the next challenge being for the coastguard rescue officers to try and find out where they were staying.  Thankfully, at 10.55 pm the coastguard rescue team were able to locate their chalet and reunite them with their parents.”


A coasteering instructor was forced to swim to a passing boat to ask them to raise the alarm this evening after a group of eight coasteerers were cut off by the tide at Ilfracombe in North Devon.

The group of eight – which included two adults and six 12-year-old girls – had been coasteering along the coast at Hele Bay when they became cut off by the tide.  The group had no means of raising the alarm, and so decided to wait for a passing boat to as for their help.  At 8.05 pm, the instructor spotted a vessel and swam out to it – asking them to use their VHF radio to call Swansea Coastguard for help.  By this time they had been stranded on the beach for an hour.

Swansea Coastguard sent the Ilfracombe Coastguard Rescue Team to the scene and requested the launch of the Ilfracombe RNLI Lifeboat.  The lifeboat arrived on scene at 8.20 pm, and picked up all eight and brought them safely back to shore, where they were met by the Coastguard Rescue Team and given safety advice.

Swansea Coastguard Watch Manager Will Parfait said:

“By the time the lifeboat reached the eight people darkness had set in and the group – especially the young girls – were very cold.  Anyone heading out onto the coast, especially those involved in an activity such as coasteering where there are associated dangers, should always carry with them a means of raising the alarm, whether it be a mobile phone, VHF radio, or handheld flares.   You should always check the tide times before setting out on a coastal trip, particularly over the coming weeks as the spring tides mean higher tides.”

Tuesday, 23 August 2011


Two holiday makers were rescued tonight from the mud at Weston Super Mare after a member of the public spotted them walking a long way out in fading light.

Swansea Coastguard received the 999 call at just after twenty past eight tonight. Because Weston has large patches of dangerous mud when the tide goes out mud rescue teams from the Weston Super Mare and Burnham on Sea Coastguard Rescue Teams were sent to Grand Pier, where CCTV operators had confirmed the two people were paddling, oblivious to the danger they were in

Avon Fire and Rescue Service’s Mud Rescue hovercraft was also sent to the scene because the people were seen to be heading towards a large area of mud near Knightstone. The two people were finally rescued, after one and a half hours out on the mud, by the rescue hovercraft and Burnham on Sea Coastguard Rescue Team.

Beverley Haigh Swansea Coastguard Watch Manager said:

“It’s always tempting to walk out for a paddle but when the tide goes out at Weston a large amount of dangerous stretches of mud are revealed. There are warning signs on the beach and so we’d always advise people to read this local information before making a decision that could have a sticky ending.

If you do become stuck in mud try to spread your weight as much as possible. If you have a mobile phone call 999 and ask for the coastguard. Avoid moving and stay as calm as you can. Discourage others from attempting to rescue you, since without the proper equipment they could become stuck too.”


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Friday, 19 August 2011


The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that five foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during July 2011 after failing Port State Control ( PSC) inspections.

Latest monthly figures show that there was one new detention of a foreign flagged ship in UK ports during July 2011 and four vessels remained under detention from previous months. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve months was 3.25%, which is slightly down from Junes twelve month rate.
Out of the detained vessels none were registered with flag states listed on the Paris MOU white list, two were registered with flag states on the grey list, one was registered with a flag state on the black list and two were unregistered.

Notes to editors and list of detentions 

1. In response to one of the recommendations of Lord Donaldsons Inquiry into the prevention of pollution from merchant shipping and in compliance with the EU Directive on Port State Control (95/21/EC as amended), the Maritime and Coastguard agency (MCA) publishes full details of the foreign flagged vessels detained in UK ports each month.

2. Inspections of foreign flagged ships in UK ports are undertaken by surveyors from the MCA. Where a ship is found to be deficient or lacks the required documentation, MCA surveyors can take a range of actions leading to detention in serious cases. The UK is part of a regional agreement on port state control known as the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MOU) and information on all ships that are inspected is held centrally in an electronic database known as Thetis. This allows the ships of flags with poor detention records to be targeted for future inspection.

3. Detained ships have to satisfy surveyors that remedial work has been carried out before they are allowed to leave port.

4. When applicable the list includes those passenger craft prevented from operating under the provisions of the EU Directive on Mandatory Surveys for the safe operation of regular Ro-Ro ferry and high speed passenger craft services (1999/35/EU).

Notes on the details of detentions

Full details of the ship.

The accompanying detention list shows ships name, the flag state and the ships International Maritime Organization ( IMO) number which is unchanging throughout the ships life and uniquely identifies it.


The company shown in the vessels Safety Management Certificate or the party otherwise believed to be responsible for the safety of the ship at the time of inspection.

Classification Society.

The list shows the Classification Society responsible for classing the ship and not necessarily the party issuing and/or carrying out surveys for certificates relevant to the defect found.

Recognised Organisation.

The organisation - responsible for conducting the statutory surveys: and issuing statutory certificates, (on behalf of the Flag State).


The list gives a summary of the main grounds for detention and includes information where the ship has been released to sail to another port for repairs.

List of detentions 

Vessels detained in July included:

A 1,946GT General Cargo Vessel was detained because the 14 deficiencies that were found showed objective evidence of a serious failure of the implementation of the ISM code. The hatch covers were severely damaged and inoperative, the fire drill was inadequate and the emergency fire pump could not draw water.


Date & Place of detention: 06/07/2011 Hull
Vessel Name: FASTREX (General Cargo)
GT: 1,946
IMO No: 9441300
Flag: St Kitts & Nevis
Company: Baltmar Ship Management
Classification Society: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
Recognised Organisation: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
Summary: 14 deficiencies 6 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Hull for 13 days because the emergency fire pump was unable to draw water; the automatic fire dampers on the emergency generator air supply was inoperative; the rota for engine room watch officers included a seaman who was not in possession of the relevant certificate; the fire drill showed lack of knowledge and training and hatch covers were severely damaged and inoperable. The deficiencies identified showed objective evidence of a serious failure or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM code.

Other deficiencies identified included: there was no ready availability of hot water; charts had not been updated and the light for the bridge lifejacket was not permanently attached.

The vessel was released from detention on 18/07/2011.


Date & Place of detention: 01/06/2011 Silvertown
Vessel Name: NOBLESSE (Bulk Carrier)
GT: 12,765
IMO No: 7626499
Flag: Panama
Company: Good Faith Shipping Co Ltd
Classification Society: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Summary: 22 deficiencies 7 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Silvertown for 31 days because there was objective evidence of a serious failure or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM code; the magnetic compass contained bubbles and one compass did not have a storage frame; the crew facilities were inadequate unclean and unhygienic; the fire dampers were inoperative; the accommodation ventilator was holed below the damper; the starboard forepeak isolating valve was not moveable and the freezer lacked full handles. Other deficiencies identified included: Some lights on the lifejackets had expired; there were insufficient provisions; meat was left uncovered and the cold room temperature was too high.

The vessel was released from detention on 01/07/2011

Date & Place of detention: 04/03/2010 – Lowestoft
Vessel Name: CIEN PORCIENTO (General Cargo)
GT: 106
IMO No: 8944446
Flag: Unregistered
Company: Open Window Inc
Classification Society: Unclassed
Recognised Organisation: Not applicable
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Not applicable
Summary: 30 deficiencies 7 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Lowestoft because the main fire pump was inoperative and there was no alternative fire pump outside the machinery space. There were insufficient liferafts, the sanitary water system was inoperative and there was no fresh running water to the galley, pantry and shower room. There were no nautical publications and charts were incomplete for the operational area.
Other deficiencies found were insufficient provisions for the intended voyage and medicines were out of date. In addition the following items were found to be missing: distress flares; line throwing appliances; lifebuoys; life jackets with lights; immersion suits; satellite EPIRB (Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon); fire extinguishers and the fire hose nozzle.

The vessel was still detained at 31/07/2011

Date & Place of detention 12/10/2010 – Penzance
Vessel Name: MY LADY NORMA 1
GT: 902
IMO: No:6523602
Company: Silvership Maritime Group
Classification Society: Not Classed
Summary: 1 deficiency, 1 ground for detention.
The vessel was detained in Penzance because the statutory certificates were not available on board ship.

The vessel was still detained at 31/07/2011

Date & Place of detention: 08/11/2010 – Birkenhead
Vessel Name: MOST SKY General Cargo
GT: 1,972
IMO No:9389370 Flag: Panama
Company: ER Em Denizcilik
Classification Society: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
Summary: 12 deficiencies 4 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Birkenhead because the engine room was very dirty, there were fuel oil leaks and a major non conformity was identified with respect to the lack of maintenance of the ship and equipment.
Other deficiencies identified included: the crew/officers records of rest were not signed; the crew accommodation was no longer provided with steam heating; the galley needed cleaning; there was insufficient fruit and vegetables on board; the crew showers and toilets were dirty and the shower curtains missing and the laundry washing facilities were inadequate. In addition the lifejacket lights were out of date; the aft deck was slippery underneath the deck generator and several fire doors were tied open.

The vessel was still detained at 31/07/2011 


A 10-year-old and an 18-year-old were rescued from the sea off Southerndown in South Wales this afternoon after getting cut off by the tide near caves in the area.

Swansea Coastguard were alerted to the situation at 4.48 this afternoon by a fisherman who dialled 999 to report that he could see two children who had been cut off by the tide at Dunraven Bay. The fisherman stated that the tide was coming in quickly around them and their only escape would be for them to scale the steep cliffs above them. Swansea Coastguard sent the Llandwit Major Coastguard Rescue Team to the scene and requested the launch of the Porthcawl RNLI Lifeboat.

The lifeboat arrived on scene within a few minutes, by which time the two young people had entered the water. They were both recovered into the lifeboat and brought ashore, where they were reunited with their family and assessed by ambulance paramedics.

Steve Jones, Swansea Coastguard Watch Manager said:

This is the second incidence this week of people being cut off by the tide at the caves in Southerndown, and we would urge members of the public to ensure they, and their families, stay safe at the beach by checking tide times before venturing out.

We would like to thank the fisherman who alerted us to the two stranded young people, as without his call they could have been in the water for some time before they were spotted.

Thursday, 18 August 2011


Belfast Coastguard was able to send rescue services straight to the scene of a sinking leisure vessel tonight although the crew couldn’t make radio contact.

The digital selective calling (DSC) alert requesting immediate assistance was received at just after . Using AIS and DSC the vessel was located just off Runabay Head and identified as the Katoni. RNLI lifeboats from Redbay and Larne were sent to the scene whilst the police helicopter flew overhead. Ballycastle Coastguard Rescue Team were also sent to the scene to assist.

The area was thoroughly searched and no vessel was found. At just after a 999 call came in from one of the three crew to say although the vessel had been taking on water they had made it safely to shore. 

Belfast Coastguard Watch Manager Alan Pritchard said;

“The crew of this vessel was extremely well prepared. They were wearing lifejackets, had a DSC radio and knew how to use it. Because of this they were able to call for immediate assistance and although they couldn’t actually talk to us we knew where they were and that they needed help. They also had the presence of mind to let us know that they had reached the shore safely so we were able to call off the search.”


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Tuesday, 9 August 2011


A kayaker was rescued from the sea off North Flamborough Head after a passerby heard his shouts for help and called Humber Coastguard this evening.
Humber Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public at 6.00 pm, reporting that he had heard shouts from the sea and seen a man waving to him. The man’s kayak had sunk and he had been in the water for an hour and a half dressed only in shorts and a t-shirt with a buoyancy aid. The Flamborough RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch and the Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team was requested to attend the scene. The kayaker was rescued from the sea by the lifeboat and taken to shore, then on to hospital.
Humber Coastguard Watch Manager Graham Dawson says:
“This kayaker was incredibly fortunate to have been saved. It is amazing that after an hour and a half struggling in the water, he still had the strength to shout loudly enough to alert the passerby. His buoyancy aid would have helped him to stay afloat but after an hour and a half he really would have been struggling, especially since the sea was quite choppy.
“If you’re about to go out kayaking, make sure that you tell someone at home where you are going and when you expect to come back. And tell them how to raise the alarm (call 999 and ask for the coastguard) if you do not return when expected. Communications gear such as a handheld VHF radio and mini flares should be kept somewhere within grabbing distance in case you get into difficulty. A mobile phone inside a sealed plastic bag might be a good back up although don’t rely upon it since the signal is not great along the coast. If you really want to invest, a personal locator beacon would be very useful for alerting the emergency services if you are in difficulty, whether at the coast or on land.”

Monday, 8 August 2011


The seven crew of the Norwegian Vicking long boat ‘Dragens Vinge’ has been rescued this afternoon 50 miles east of Shetland, after their EPRIB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) was activated.

Coastguard Officers at Falmouth Coastguard were able to alert Shetland Coastguard after the EPRIB from the Norwegian vessel was activated.  The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Sumburgh was scrambled and the Lerwick RNLI all weather lifeboat was requested to launch. Coastguard Rescue Officers from Lerwick were requested to attend.

Mike Smith, Watch Officer, Shetland Coastguard, said:

“The only information we were in receipt of was that and EPIRB alert had been transmitted, we tasked resources to the scene and the crew of the Rescue Helicopter located a raft with seven crew aboard, they have all now been transferred to the Rescue Helicopter and are being taken to Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick. 

The weather conditions on scene were force 7 to gale force 8.

We would like to remind the public how important it is to be prepared before you set out to sea, and if travelling offshore to always carry Digital Selective Calling (DSC), Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), flares and lifejackets.  Always ensure your details are kept up to date with the EPIRB Registry at Falmouth.”

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Sunday, 7 August 2011


Seven people and a dog had to be rescued from the bottom of the Seven Sisters cliffs after they were cut off by the tide.

Solent Coastguard received a 999 call from one of the stranded people at just after 6.15pm. Coastguard Rescue Officers from the teams located at Newhaven, Eastbourne and Birling Gap were sent to the scene along with the Newhaven RNLI Lifeboat.

Because of the rough sea conditions it was decided that the safest way to rescue the three adults, four children and dog were to bring them up the cliff.

Dave Williams Solent Coastguard Watch Manager said:
“It took well over an hour and 19 Coastguard Rescue Officers to bring seven people and the dog up the cliff.

“To avoid being cut off always check the weather and tidal conditions, before you set out for your walk along the coast, so you know when the tide will come in and what suitable clothing to wear.”

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At just before four o’clock this afternoon Portland Coastguard received a 999 call reporting that a Marlin dinghy had capsized off Hengistbury Head with two people on board.

Mudeford RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Solent were sent to search the scene whilst Southborne Coastguard Rescue Team went to meet up with the person who had made the 999 call.

A six metre RHIB ‘Merlin’ responded to the call from Portland Coastguard for vessels in the area to keep a look out. They found two people in the water, where they had been for 20 minutes after the dinghy sank. They were uninjured and taken back to shore by Mudeford Lifeboat.

Ros Evans Portland Coastguard Watch Manager said:
“The dinghy sailors’ shore contact did exactly the right thing by dialling 999 coastguard when the dinghy capsized. We recommend that dinghy sailors should carry hand held vhf, flares or a charged mobile phone to call for help but the most important thing is that they should wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid and these two dinghy sailors were doing just that.

“Unexpected situations like this are exactly why the MCA recommends that recreational sailors and motor boaters wear lifejackets at all times whilst on deck. These should be well maintained and have a sprayhood, light and whistle if possible. People must ensure that their lifejacket has a crotch strap and that they use it.”

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Saturday, 6 August 2011


At just after twenty past three this afternoon Solent Coastguard were informed by Hamble Rescue that the yacht ‘Atlanta of Chester’ had collided with the tanker ‘Hanne Knutsen’ off Egypt Point, Isle of Wight.

Two people were thrown overboard by the collison and the yacht lost its mast and rigging. The RHIB ‘Vigilant’ took one of the people back to shore for medical attention whilst the Southampton Patrol Boat and Hamble Rescue took the second person to a waiting ambulance at Trinity Pontoon.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch and the MCA Duty Surveyor have been informed. The tanker continued to its destination at Fawley and the yacht has been towed to the UKSA berths at Cowes.

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Friday, 5 August 2011


Crosby Coastguard Rescue Team took part in an unusual call out this afternoon when they rescued a Roe Deer from the sea close to the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre.

At 1.45pm a 999 call was received from a member of public who reported that a deer had run on to the beach and into the sea between Crosby Baths and the Liverpool Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre. Crosby Coastguard Rescue Team was sent to the scene with a local beach ranger and lifeguard patrol.

After a short search the deer was found, safely rescued from the water and brought back to the MRCC to recover. The female roe deer was subsequently released on a country estate.

Tony Topping  Watch Manager said:
“This incident is particularly unusual as deer are not normally found in Crosby. I’m happy to report that the deer was none the worse for its experience and that it was set free in a more suitable habitat.”

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Thursday, 4 August 2011


Press Release: 217-11                                                                               2 August 2011
At 05.40pm, Falmouth Coastguard received a 999 call from a man who found himself and his boat in difficulty. He had gone into Porthbeor Beach with his wife and child to have a picnic. Unfortunately, they found themselves in difficulty when they attempted to re-launch due to challenging sea conditions.
Falmouth Coastguard called out Coastguard rescue teams from Portscatho and Falmouth, along with the Falmouth RNLI ILB to assist. Mother and child managed to get to a safe point ashore, but the man was stranded, and cut off by the rising tide on the beach. The ILB was unable to rescue the man due the sea conditions, and the Coastguard teams successfully recovered the man to the cliff top and waiting ambulance.
The family are staying at a local campsite.
Twenty minutes later, Falmouth Coastguard received another 999 call reporting five persons cut off at Portholland. Two managed to get to a place of safety unaided, but 3 had to be rescued by the Falmouth RNLI Lifeboat and ILB, overseen by the Mevagissey Coastguard rescue team. The three individuals were recovered by the lifeboat and dropped at St Mawes Harbour.
This group are also visitors to the area.
Martin Bidmead, Duty Watch Manager, Falmouth Coastguard said:
Incidents such as these could easily be avoided with some prior planning and preparation. Tides occur twice during a twenty four period around the coasts of the United Kingdom. Tide tables can be purchased from most local shops in coastal towns and villages.
Preparation and planning based on tidal information could prevent your day trip being spoilt by having to be rescued from your predicament.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011


At 04.30am, Falmouth Coastguard noted on their Automatic Identification system that the vessel was not using the traffic separation scheme correctly. All attempts were made to call the vessel by all means but the vessel went aground in the area of Cape Cornwall
The ship had run aground on a beach at Cape Cornwall.
Falmouth Coastguard called out the St Ives Coastguard rescue team and North Cornwall sector manager and requested police attendance.
The Coastguard tug Anglian Princess was repositioned in case it was required and the St Ives and Sennen Cove lifeboats were requested to launch a rescue helicopter R193 was also scrambled.
Subsequently Falmouth Coastguard received a call 2 hours later from the master of the vessel reporting that he had managed to refloat the vessel after moving ballast water and using his engines to get the vessel off where she had beached.
The vessel was carrying a cargo of containers and has 13 crew on board.
The vessel is now continuing on passage to Rotterdam under it’s own power and all units have now been stood down.
There has been no damage to the vessel, no pollution and no injuries to any of the crew.
Steve Huxley, Duty Area officer, Falmouth Coastguard said:
This has been a very fast moving scenario where this container vessel run aground on beach and with the rising tide and the master has managed to refloat the ship.
It is now proceeding on it’s passage.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011


Press release:215-11                                                                                  2 August 2011
At 09.50pm, Solent Coastguard responded to a mayday call from a vessel called Ribcraft.
Solent Coastguard broadcast a mayday relay and two leisure vessels responded that were in the vicinity.
Solent Coastguard called out the Lymington Coastguard rescue team and requested the launch of the Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat.
The skipper of the mayday vessel on questioning then indicated to Solent Coastguard that they had run out of fuel, they were displaying navigation lights and had lifejackets. They had no means of identifying their position and no anchor onboard so were unable to anchor.
The skipper of the ribcraft then confirmed that he did have some spare fuel onboard and that he was able to get back to Lymington Marina under his own power.
Alan Waters, Duty Watch Manager, Solent Coastguard said:
If you are going to sea, please ensure that you have the correct and necessary equipment to get you out of trouble. In this particular incident, a GPS, an anchor and knowing that you enough fuel to make your trip and return safely to port are all items that should be on your checklist.
We would always recommend that all boat users should know how to use a radio and the correct distress procedures. Check with your local yacht or boat club or the RYA as to how you can obtain training.

Monday, 1 August 2011


Two dogs and two people have been rescued by a lifeboat and coastguard rescue teams after being cut off by the tide this evening.
The man and woman were on the return journey of a walk from Aberystwyth to Borth this evening when they became cut off by the tide in Clarach Bay, north of Aberystwyth. They made a 999 call to Milford Haven Coastguard at 8.10 pm and the Coastguard requested the Borth RNLI inshore lifeboat to launch and the Aberystwyth and Borth Coastguard Rescue Teams to attend the scene.
When the lifeboat arrived it picked up both people, but the two frightened retrievers ‘Gelert’ and ‘Cariad’ scrambled away and 20 foot up the 200 foot cliff. The coastguard rescue teams then set up their cliff gear and recovered both dogs, in special slings, up the cliffs, where they were then reunited with the couple
Milford Haven Coastguard Watch Manager Andrew Hodgson says:
“Both the two people and the dogs were cold, but safe and none the worse for their ordeal. Always check the weather and tidal conditions before you set out on your coastal walk so that you can make sure that you are back before the tide comes in. Consider whether you could become cut off and do not take risks.
“If you’re taking your dog for a walk along the top of cliffs keep it on a lead. Don't attempt to self rescue a dog which has gone over a cliff.  Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”