Dramatic moment a family of six are winched to safety after getting stranded on rocks by the rising tide during a walk along a Devon beach
- The family were walking along the base of cliffs at the south end of Putsborough
- They were cut off on the North Devon beach at around 5pm on May 4
- The coastguard have issued a warning after multiple incidents so far this year
A family of six had to be winched to safety after a fast incoming tide left them stranded on rocks on a Devon beach.
The family were walking along the base of cliffs at the south end of Putsborough beach in North Devon when the tide cut them off.
They called for help and by just after 5pm the Coastguard helicopter from St Athans winched them to safety.
This video captures the moment the family are harnessed together and lifted from the rocks by the helicopter.
The family are winched up in to the Coastguard helicopter from St Athans after the tide cut them off during a beach walk at the south end of Putsborough beach in North Devon
The six family members trapped on the rocks at the base of the cliff are forced to wait for help to arrive after the rapidly rising tide cut them off from climbing back off the beach
Large waves thrash around them as they are taken to safety.
It came just weeks after a couple were caught out walking towards the river mouth when the tide turned and water rose up South Gut.
They had just minutes to spare as rising waves threatened to submerge the sandbank they were standing on.
After being harnessed up the member of the coastguard crew waits for the helicopter to get in to position ready to attach the cable to the stranded walkers
The coastguard picked them up at 4.30pm after a passerby saw they were trapped and phoned 999.
Niki Tait of Appledore RNLI, said: ‘Having recently had two significant launches for people cut off by the tide, we do urge caution when out walking along the beach or cliffs and be aware of the times of high and low water, and the speed the tide rushes in.
‘On Easter Saturday two adults were caught out walking out towards the river mouth, duly getting cut off as the tide turned and water rose up South Gut cutting them off on a sand bank the wrong side of the gut off Greysands.
The pilot holds the helicopter steady while the family are lifted up ready to be brought to safety once inside
As the tide rose the family were forced to clamber up the side of the cliffs to get away from the thrashing water below
‘The couple only had minutes to spare before the sandbank they were on was immersed when the inshore lifeboat picked them up at around 4.30 in the afternoon after a member of the public had noticed their predicament and phoned the Coastguard on 999.
‘On May 4, 2019, the Appledore inshore lifeboat was called out just after 5pm for a similar reason, this time to support both the Coastguard rescue helicopter and its shore based cliff rescue team in the recovery of a family of six cut off by tide on the cliffs at the south end of Putsborough beach.
‘The lifeboat remained on scene until the helicopter had successfully recovered the whole family and handed them over to the rescue team on the top of the cliff.’
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