Drama as rising tides trap 70

Blackpool's South Pier
Blackpool's South Pier
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SEVENTY holidaymakers had to be rescued when they were trapped by incoming tides.

The group, made up mainly of families on a trip to the resort, were stranded on a sand bank just south of South Pier as sea water rushed back inland.

They were rescued by the coastguard who were alerted to the incident at about 1pm yesterday.

Fleetwood Lifeboat team remained on standby throughout but were not required.

A coastguard spokesman said: “It seems the group were caught out by the incoming tide which flooded a gully between them and the shore.

“We managed to get all 70 to safety and although some had to wade to shore there were no injuries.

“We expect a lot of calls like this because of the weather, it was the hottest day of the year so people take a dip in the sea.

“They must be warned though, the tides are unpredictable and can cut people off in minutes.”

It was one of seven incidents off the Fylde coast recorded during a weekend which saw temperatures reach a soaring 24 degrees.

Two separate groups – one of five people and one of nine people, including four children, also became stranded on sandbanks at Norbreck.

They were helped back to the shore by the coastguard.

Another lady fell and broke her leg after slipping on steps outside the Norbreck Castle Hotel.

And a Jack Russell dog was killed after becoming trapped in rising tides under Lytham jetty.