Plucked to safety as time came rushing in

Cliff drama: The couple and one of the dogs back on dry land after their ordeal.
Cliff drama: The couple and one of the dogs back on dry land after their ordeal.

A TERRIFIED South Yorkshire couple cut off by the tide on a trip to the East Coast were plucked to safety from 12ft waves in a dramatic rescue.

They say their lives and their two dogs were saved by the courageous actions of Hornsea Inshore Rescue team.

The couple, who declined to have their names published, had to make their way home to Doncaster in borrowed thermal suits after they ended up chest-deep in the rising tide before they were pulled to safety.

The dramatic life-saving rescue took place as a family fun day organised by Hornsea Inshore Rescue drew to a close.

Coxswain Neville Metcalf said it was “definitely the toughest rescue since I’ve been a member of the team”.

The crew of HIR were called out at approximately 3.30pm on Sunday by the Coastguard when a young couple and their two dogs who had been walking along the beach towards Mappleton found themselves cut off by a rapidly rising, rough sea and dialled 999 on their mobile phone.

They were concerned that reception was poor, but managed to communicate their approximate position and situation to the Coastguard.

Inshore Rescue lifeboat Emily Laura was launched within five minutes along with the jet bike, which is able to go closer into the cliffs than a lifeboat.

The jet bike, manned by Coxswain Ashley Evans and crew member Harrison Gill, sped south close to the cliffs in order to locate the couple.

Ashley said: “We were looking straight into the sun so it was not easy to see them, but this is something we have been trained specifically to do, and we were very relieved when Coxswain Dave Pick on our lifeboat located them, as the sea was rough and crashing up the cliffs from about 12ft.”

Full story - see The Star today, Tuesday, August 30, 2011.