Coastguard rescue man and woman from Filey Brigg cliffs

A man and a woman, who were cut off by the tide this afternoon and climbed a cliff to escape, were rescued by two coastguard rescue teams.

The Coastguard received a 999 call at just before 4.00 pm this afternoon reporting that the two were stuck 100 ft up Filey Brigg. They had been walking along the beach and had been cut off by the tide so had climbed the cliff in a bid to escape, however, when they were about 100 ft up they became stuck. A passing member of the public saw their predicament and called 999. The Coastguard sent the Coastguard Rescue Teams from Filey and Bridlington, the Coastguard helicopter and the Filey RNLI Lifeboat was launched.

‘When the Coastguard teams arrived on scene the man and woman were clinging on by their finger nails so we knew that we had to act fast, says Matt Atkinson of HM Coastguard. ‘The two teams set up to execute two rescues side by side, quickly ensuring that the two people were made safe. Once the teams knew that the man and woman were not going to fall, they were able to slowly bring them up the other 50 ft of the cliffs to the top. They were checked over at the top and are safe and well.
‘If you are going out for a walk along the beach, please do check the tide times and ensure that you are back before the tide comes in. If you do get stuck, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Don’t attempt to climb up cliffs – they can be crumbly and slippery and you may make your situation even worse.’

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