Child rescue sparks latest stay safe plea

Pictures:Bill Johnson. Blackpool's new Atlantic Class lifeboat William and  Eleanor.
Pictures:Bill Johnson. Blackpool's new Atlantic Class lifeboat William and Eleanor.
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A senior lifeboatman has warned people to remember the sea’s risks when they enjoy the beach this summer.

This comes after four children were cut off by the tide on Sunday and had to be led to safety by passers-by.

The children were off Red Bank Road in Bispham at 5pm when they got into difficulty and Blackpool RNLI launched to assist in the rescue.

Although the children had already been rescued on their arrival, Keith Horrocks, Blackpool’s lifeboat operations manager, pleaded for people to take care.

He said: “As summer approaches people spend more time on the beach and in the nice weather, it is easy to forget the risks associated with the sea.

“We would ask anyone visiting the beach to remain mindful of potential hazards particularly the incoming tide and to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard if they see anyone in difficulty or if they get into difficulty themselves.”

The Coastguard echoed the RNLI’s warning.

Graham Parr, duty manager at Liverpool Coastguard, said: “When you go out to the beach you need to know, most importantly, the tide times and high water because the last thing you want to do is get cut off.”

Tide times are printed daily in The Gazette on Page 2.