Couple with child cut off by tide in Morecambe Bay

The Morecambe RNLI hovercraft.
The Morecambe RNLI hovercraft.
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A couple with a child had to be rescued after getting cut off by the tide in Silverdale on Saturday, August 8.

The Morecambe RNLI rescue hovercraft launched to three separate incidents in succession at around 3.40pm, initially being called to assist local Coastguard teams following reports of five people cut off by the incoming tide near Grange-over-Sands.

As the volunteer team approached the search area they were then diverted by a request from the Arnside Coastguard team to go to the assistance of a couple with a child; identified as being in more immediate danger near to Jenny Brown’s Point.

The crew located the three people; taking them on board the hovercraft and transporting them to shore near Silverdale.

The crew was then immediately tasked to go to the assistance of a man, who was also cut off near Silverdale.

After locating the man and returning him safely to shore the crew were able to stand down and return to RNLI station.

The people reported in the original call-out were not in any danger and made their own way ashore.

Morecambe RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Kevin Jackson, said: “The warm weather makes it inviting for people to walk out on to the sands, but they need to be aware of the incoming tide and its dangers if they are to stay safe.

“We would advise everyone to remain close to the shore and not be tempted to cross any of the many channels that exist in the Bay.”