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Clare HoppsPress Officer, North
Lifeguards News Release
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards came to the aid of a group of people who had got cut off by the tide on Tuesday (24 July) at West Scar on Redcar Beach.
The incident happened just after 3.30pm, when around 14 people became stranded on the outcrop of rocks at West Scar after walking across two pipes that jut out into the sea.The group was made up of separate parties and contained a mixture of teenage boys and girls and also a father and his two children.The charity’s lifeguards spotted the group’s plight and went to assist.RNLI lifeguard Joss Wescombe rescued people in stages, leading them back along the pipes to the safety of the beach using a rescue tube (a long yellow flexible tube that people can grab onto).Joss managed to keep the group calm, even though the water was up to waist height in places.The parties were then medically assessed and given the all-clear by fellow lifeguard Ben Wordsworth.A similar incident occurred on Wednesday (25 July) just after 4pm, when two girls also had to be rescued from the outcrop of rocks.RNLI lifeguard, Ben Wordsworth said: ‘After low tide the area of rocks at West Scar cuts of quite quickly and people can be caught out by the speed of the incoming water.‘To ensure a safe and enjoyable visit to the beach we would always advise people to ask lifeguards about tide times and any potential hazards.’Picture CaptionThe photograph shows RNLI lifeguard Ben Wordsworth near one of the pipes at West Scar.RNLI media contacts For more information, please contact Clare Hopps, RNLI Press Officer, North, on 01642 750585 or 07824 518641 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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