Body Boarders Assist RNLI To Help 20 People Cut Off By Tide At Southerness

Silloth and Kippford RNLI lifeboats were both called out Yesterday Tuesday the 1st of June at around 3.30pm to rescue around 20 people including children, cut off by the tide at Southerness in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Silloth lifeboat arrived on scene at 15:55. They took on board a casualty – a non swimmer, who had been given a life ring by body boarders who were also in the area.

The body boarders also escorted the rest of the people who had been cut off by the tide, who were waist deep in sea water.

Silloth RNLI lifeboat senior helmsman Steven Henderson, skilfully negotiated the boat through the rocks to take the casualty as close to the beach as possible and two crew members accompanied the casualty to the shore, where Police Scotland and Portling Coastguard were waiting.

The Coastguard helicopter was also tasked from Caernarfon.

Once the lifeboat crew had confirmed that all casualties had been safely brought back to shore, they returned to station.

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