Beachgoers cut off by the tide in Exmouth had to wade through waist-deep sea water to safety and prompted a callout for RNLI rescuers.
The town’s inshore lifeboat was launched at around 5.05pm on Tuesday (February 16) after concern was raised for ‘a number of individuals’ in the Orcombe Point area.
A member of the public had raised the alarm.
Exmouth RNLI has issued a warning to walkers and says a recent cliff fall has made the area ‘particularly hazardous’.
A recent cliff fall has demolished a set of steps at Orcombe Point that makes leaving that location other than via the beach particularly hazardous – Exmouth RNLI helm David Preece
Crew David Preece, Gary Munnings and Harry Griffin were on the scene within minutes.
They found that the stricken group had waded waist-deep through sea water and made their way to the safety of Exmouth beach.
No-one was injured.
Lifeboat helm David Preece said: “We would always urge anyone reporting an incident at sea to call 999 at the first opportunity.
“In this case it was fortunate that there were crew at the lifeboat station, but that is not always the case.
“My advice for those using the beach is to always check the locality, weather and tides before venturing out.
“A recent cliff fall has demolished a set of steps at Orcombe Point that makes leaving that location other than via the beach particularly hazardous.”
The RNLI has issued the following advice to beachgoers and water users:
- Have a plan – check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage;
- Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water;
- Don’t allow your family to swim alone;
- Don’t use inflatables;
- If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and float;
- In an emergency dial 999, and ask for the coastguard.
More RNLI information concerning the importance of weather and tide conditions can be found here.