Group of four rescued from Cleethorpes sandbank after close call with flooding tide
A group of four had to be rescued yesterday after they became cut off by the tide and stranded 700 metres off shore in Cleethorpes.
Shortly after 4.20pm, Cleethorpes Coastguard received a call from the team at Cleethorpes Beach Safety after they spotted the four people on the sandbank opposite the Big Wheel on the North Promenade.
The team were then tasked to locate and report back their location, but were unable to reach them because of the flooding tide.
RNLI Cleethorpes were also tasked to rescue the group, and managed to reach them shortly before the sandbank was “completely covered by the incoming tide”, a spokesperson said.
In response to the incident, Cleethorpes Coastguard has now issued a statement to advise people on how to stay safe.
A spokesperson said: “Before you walk out to any of the sandbanks please ensure you know what time high tide is.
“You must be off all sandbanks at least five hours before high tide, or you will find yourself being cut off as the tide rapidly comes in around the back of the sandbanks.
“The flow of the flooding or ebbing tides along our coast is very fast, with very strong currents especially in the creek near to the Humber Mouth Yacht Club.
“While we were waiting for the Lifeboat to bring the casualties to us, as an example of how fast the tide was flowing, we timed the amount of time it took for the tide to reach the yellow 200 meter marker buoys where we were standing.
“The water was approximately 25 meters from the buoys, and only took two minutes and 10 seconds to reach our position, and was getting faster, forcing us to retreat further back towards shore.
“Please do not underestimate Mother Nature – she will catch you out. If you see or hear the beach safety team asking people to clear the sandbanks, please obey their instructions, they’re doing it for a reason….’To save your lives’!”