April 6th 2018, Images By #thewhitbyphotographer – The Whitby Photographer
Two teenage girls have been rescued by the Humberside Coastguard search and rescue helicopter after getting cut off by an incoming tide at Whitby Beach.
Rescuers were alerted to the girls plight after they telephoned 999 and asked for the Coastguard, April 6th 2018 at around 5.15pm.
Whitby Coastguard, Staithes Coastguard, Whitby RNLI official Lifeboat and the HM Coastguard Humberside helicopter were all sent to the scene, along with North Yorkshire Police – all racing against the incoming tide to reach the two girls.
A Coastguard Rescue Officer from Whitby safely waded to the girls location and was able to stabilise and provide support to them until further help arrived. The safest way to bring the girls to the top of the cliff was by helicopter, so they were winched onboard and were taken to landing site nearby. Thankfully, despite their ordeal they required no medical attention.
Adam Turner, Senior Coastguard Operations Officer for HM Coastguard said: “This was a close call yesterday, but the girls did exactly the right thing by calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard. Thankfully, they did not try and self-rescue themselves by trying to beat the incoming tide or attempting to climb the cliff.
‘The UK’s coastline are spectacular to explore – but our incoming tides move quickly and they are can also be very, very dangerous. Even for the experienced, it can be very easy to get cut off.
‘By following a few simple safety tips from the UK Coastguard, we can make sure that people get the most of their trip to the coast – especially during school breaks when our coast is a favourite destination for many holiday makers.’
HM Coastguard recommends the following simple safety tips:
Make sure that you are properly equipped for walking along coastal paths. In particular remember to wear sturdy shoes or boots and check the weather forecast and tidal times before you set out. Carry a fully charged mobile phone, and tell someone where you are going and what time you will be home.
Do not attempt to climb up or down cliffs unless you are properly equipped and trained to do so. Do not attempt to climb cliffs as a short cut back to the top and do not attempt to self-rescue yourself or someone else if they get into difficulty. Our Coastguards are skillfully trained in all manner of rescues, in all terrains and waters.
Please enjoy your coastal walk, but make sure you and yours come home again safely. As ever, our message is, ‘Keep safe, but if you see anybody in trouble or if you get into difficulty, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard’.
For more safety tips please visit www.gov.uk/coastguardsafety