Women cheat death after being cut off by tide, sparking dramatic 3am sea rescue

Two young women were rescued after being cut off by the tide close to Uncle Tom's Cabin in North Shore earlier this morning.

Monday, 13th June 2016, 2:45 pm
Updated Monday, 13th June 2016, 3:48 pm
Blackpools RNLI volunteers were called out at 3.30am on Monday, June 13, when young women were cut off by the tide at Uncle Toms Cabin, North Shore (Pic: RNLI)

The pair, thought to be in their late teens or early 20s, have been branded ‘very lucky’ following the incident, which happened at around 3.30am.

Two lifeboats launched from Blackpool’s lifeboat station, with RNLI volunteers plucking one of the girls from a sandbank, and rescuing the other from the water after she tried to swim to safety, an RNLI spokeswoman said.

After being helped to shore, they were checked over by waiting paramedics, but are understood to be okay.

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Blackpools RNLI volunteers were called out at 3.30am on Monday, June 13, when young women were cut off by the tide at Uncle Toms Cabin, North Shore (Pic: RNLI)

RNLI helmsman David Warburton said: “The people we rescued were very lucky. They had been cut off by the tide and the water was rising rapidly around them.

“Both casualties were extremely cold and frightened. If we hadn’t reached them as quickly as we did they would have been in very serious difficulties.”

Blackpools RNLI volunteers were called out at 3.30am on Monday, June 13, when young women were cut off by the tide at Uncle Toms Cabin, North Shore (Pic: RNLI)