Family and dog rescued from rising tide near to Mawgan Porth beach, Newquay
A FAMILY of five from Lancashire - and their dog - had to be rescued by Newquay's lifeboats and the search and rescue helicopter after they got trapped by the tide yesterday afternoon.
The holidaymakers got cut off by the quickly-rising tide just north of Bedruthan Steps near to Mawgan Porth beach around 3.30pm.
It is the second time in less that two weeks that the rescue services have been called out to tourists who have been cut off by the tide in Newquay, and has promted a warning by Newquay's RNLI operations manager, Gareth Horner, who said that people need to "pay attention" to local time times whilst out enjoying the coastline.
He added that high tide was due at 6.48pm and conditions were calm, with a moderate breeze from the South West.
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Both Newquay's RNLI inshore lifeboats launched at the request of Falmouth Coastguard and were on scene within 12 minutes.
The D class inshore lifeboat Valerie Wilson was twice taken on to the beach by helmsman Ashley Mann, and four of the family, two young boys, a teenager and an adult female, were transferred to the larger Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Gladys Mildred. The lifeboat, with Ben Eglinton at the helm, dropped them off at Newquay Harbour at 4.55pm.
A Rescue 193 helicopter from RNAS Culdrose also attended and airlifted the remaining adult male and the family's dog off the beach. The two RNLI lifeboats left the scene at 4.37pm.