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Byline: RNLI lifeguards out training at Whitsand Bay in South-East Cornwall on Saturday (8 June) found themselves rescuing eight dogs and two people cut off by the tide.
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Chris Wafer and Dan Church noticed the couple holding four of the dogs in the air, while the other four were paddling around them in the rising water.

It was lunchtime on Saturday when the two RNLI lifeguards set off for a training session onboard the inshore rescue boat. As RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Chris Wafer says, ‘it was a perfect day, beautiful sunshine and flat seas and we were stopped in the water and talking about the importance of studying the coastline for fishermen on the rocks and people cut off by the tide. That’s when Dan pointed to the couple holding the four dogs in the air and suggested there might be something wrong.’

The man and woman had gone for a walk with their eight dogs at low tide but when they turned to come back the water had started to come in and they wading chest deep, holding four of the dogs in the air while the other four paddled.

The two RNLI lifeguards first picked up the man and five of the dogs, returning them to Sharrow Beach before heading back for the woman and the other three of their four-legged friends.

Chris Wafer says it was an interesting rescue; ‘it was the last thing we expected to happen but I’m glad we were able to help the couple and their pack of dogs out of their predicament. They were very grateful to us, though one or two of the dogs weren’t that impressed at their short ride in the inshore rescue boat.’

Later that day the RNLI lifeguards assisted a further 14 people who had been cut off and Chris Wafer says they were all victims of the spring tides with high tide at around 6pm when people were heading home; ‘I would urge those visiting any beach to please ask about the tide times so they can avoid getting cut off. We’re delighted to have a chat with people and would rather give them early advice than have to rescue them when everything has gone wrong.’   

RNLI lifeguards at Whitsand Bay, which includes Sharrow, Freathy, and Tregantle, have rescued more than 30 people cut off by the tide over the last week.   

Notes to editors

• The attached pictures of the dogs and people being rescued are taken from the video footage captured by the RNLI lifeguards. The pictures and video can be downloaded direct from the RNLI on-line news centre.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas, RNLI Public Relations Manager for the south west, on 07786 668847 or email Tamsin_Thomas@rnli.org.uk

Byline: RNLI lifeguards out training at Whitsand Bay in South-East Cornwall on Saturday (8 June) found themselves rescuing eight dogs and two people cut off by the tide.
Page Content:

Chris Wafer and Dan Church noticed the couple holding four of the dogs in the air, while the other four were paddling around them in the rising water.

It was lunchtime on Saturday when the two RNLI lifeguards set off for a training session onboard the inshore rescue boat. As RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Chris Wafer says, ‘it was a perfect day, beautiful sunshine and flat seas and we were stopped in the water and talking about the importance of studying the coastline for fishermen on the rocks and people cut off by the tide. That’s when Dan pointed to the couple holding the four dogs in the air and suggested there might be something wrong.’

The man and woman had gone for a walk with their eight dogs at low tide but when they turned to come back the water had started to come in and they wading chest deep, holding four of the dogs in the air while the other four paddled.

The two RNLI lifeguards first picked up the man and five of the dogs, returning them to Sharrow Beach before heading back for the woman and the other three of their four-legged friends.

Chris Wafer says it was an interesting rescue; ‘it was the last thing we expected to happen but I’m glad we were able to help the couple and their pack of dogs out of their predicament. They were very grateful to us, though one or two of the dogs weren’t that impressed at their short ride in the inshore rescue boat.’

Later that day the RNLI lifeguards assisted a further 14 people who had been cut off and Chris Wafer says they were all victims of the spring tides with high tide at around 6pm when people were heading home; ‘I would urge those visiting any beach to please ask about the tide times so they can avoid getting cut off. We’re delighted to have a chat with people and would rather give them early advice than have to rescue them when everything has gone wrong.’   

RNLI lifeguards at Whitsand Bay, which includes Sharrow, Freathy, and Tregantle, have rescued more than 30 people cut off by the tide over the last week.   

Notes to editors

• The attached pictures of the dogs and people being rescued are taken from the video footage captured by the RNLI lifeguards. The pictures and video can be downloaded direct from the RNLI on-line news centre.

RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas, RNLI Public Relations Manager for the south west, on 07786 668847 or email Tamsin_Thomas@rnli.org.uk