Helicopter saves two caught by tide
Jun 24 2012
Two people have been rescued by helicopter after they became stuck by the tide on a beach inaccessible to lifeboats and land rescue teams.
Solent Coastguard was alerted at 11.50am on Saturday after they saw the two people waving and shouting for help at Splash Point near Seaford Head, East Sussex.
After a RNLI lifeboat attended the scene and assessed the situation, the Coastguard helicopter was scrambled and airlifted the two people, who were visiting from Slough, Berkshire, to safety.
Solent Coastguard watch officer Liz Hanson said: "The two people involved in this incident were local to Slough but visiting the coast for the day when they became cut off by the tide.
"They were not aware of the nature of the tides and, being originally from Lithuania, they were also not aware of the emergency telephone numbers, so they were lucky they were spotted by members of the public who were able to raise the alarm.
"We always advise members of the public to check the tide times before setting out on a coastal walk, and if they do get into difficulty, to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard."
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