Two people rescued from dangerous incoming tide by Coastguard helicopter

Timely reminder to check the tide times after two people were rescued from an incoming tide last week at Golden Cap, near Charmouth.
Just before 17:45pm on Tuesday 19 February HM Coastguard received a call from the Charmouth Heritage Centre rporeting that two people were cut off by the tide underneath Golden Cap.   

Lyme Regis Coastguard Rescue Team and the Lyme Regis Lifeboat were sent to the scene.  Due to the sea state and the quick incoming tide, the lifeboat was unable to recover the casualties but one lifeboat crew member,  managed to get onto the shore to support the casualties, until the St Athan Coastguard helicopter arrived.  

Once both casualties were on board the helicopter they were brought ashore where they were met by the waiting Coastguard Rescue Team.  

A spokesperson for HM Coastguard said: ‘These two people were very lucky last week.  They were in a very precarious position - and it was extremely lucky that a member of the public noticed their plight and called the Coastguard.  

‘Remember to always check the weather and tidal conditions before you set out so that you can prepare accordingly.  At sea changes in tidal streams could make conditions worse, particularly if the wind and tide are against each other. Consider whether you could become cut off by the incoming tide, above all do not take risks.  Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

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