Family Cut Off By Tide Rescued in Dumfires & Galloway

A family has been rescued after being caught out by the incoming tide at Southwick Water, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. 

HM Coastguard received a 999 call just after 11:30 this morning (27th February) after two adults and a young child got cut off by the tide at Black Burn while going for a walk along Southwick Water.

The family had entered a cave and water quickly came in behind them leaving them cut off and up to their waists in water. Thankfully they had a mobile phone and were able to call the Coastguard for help.

A Senior Coastguard Operations Officer, Coastguard rescue teams from Annan and Portling, Kippford RNLI Lifeboat and Nith Inshore Independent Lifeboat were all sent. 

The family were rescued by Kippford lifeboat and taken to shore where they were met by Portling Coastguard Rescue Team.

Although cold and shocked the family didn’t need any further medical assistance.

Graham Edgar, Senior Maritime Operations Officer for HM Coastguard said: 'The family were extremely lucky, the tide can change quickly and you can easily get caught out if you’re not prepared. If you’re going for a walk along the coast this weekend remember, check the tides and weather before heading out, wear appropriate clothing, tell someone where you are going and when you will be back, take a fully charged mobile phone and if the worst should happen call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'

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