VOLUNTEER APPEAL: Withernsea High School site from above. Drone photography by Steve Medcalf. Photo courtesy of Withernsea High School and Steve Medcalf
RESCUE teams were tasked to the aid of a person cut off by the tide between Hornsea and Mappleton on Thursday, April 29.
Hornsea Coastguard was tasked at 5.41pm. On locating the casualty, two coastguard cliff technicians were lowered to the casualty who was rescued via the rope rescue method.
A post on the HM Coastguard Hornsea Facebook page said: “While the Hornsea team were out on a local patrol due to high spring tides we were tasked to a report of a person cut off by the tide to the south of Hornsea.
Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team, Senior Coastal Operations Officers S6A, S6B, S5D and Hornsea Inshore Rescue also tasked to assist.
Coastguards from the Hornsea team located the casualty and established contact. Hornsea Inshore Rescue (lifeboat) provided safety cover from the sea.
“Two Coastguard cliff technicians were lowered to the casualty who was rescued using a rope rescue set up. The casualty was then handed over to Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Please check tide times in the area before venturing along the coast.
If you find yourself cut off by the tide or see anyone who might be cut off, always dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”
Hornsea Inshore Rescue were tasked to assist at approximately 6pm. Hornsea Inshore Rescue crew were all on hand as they were preparing for their usual evening’s training and their independent lifeboat “Spirit of Hornsea” was on the scene within minutes. Leading Coxswain Karl Shannon was at the helm along with crew, Faye Melody and Jake BlackburnRoberts.
Karl said: “We saw the casualty halfway up the cliff trying to avoid the waves. There was a big swell running and it was decided that the best way of recovery would be for the coastguards to carry out a cliff rescue whilst the lifeboat stood by in case of any problems. The casualty was brought to the cliff top by the coastguards and Hornsea Inshore Rescue returned to base to continue with their training activities.
Sue Hickson-Marsay, Hornsea Inshore Rescue chairman and Station Manager, said: “We get regular call outs for people cut off by the tide, and potentially the situation can very quickly become life threatening, as the cliffs are impossible to climb and the tide comes right in with the waves often breaking right over the cliff tops.”
“We constantly emphasise how people should check the tide times before taking a beach walk, especially on the south beach which is very flat causing the tide to come in very quickly.
The tide times can be easily accessed on the internet or better still from the Boat Launch/Lifeboat station or the Coastwatch HQ on the north promenade, by the Marine Hotel, where further important advice can be received.”