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article imageCoastguards rescue 93 people cut off by rising tides at UK beach

By Kev Hedges     Apr 10, 2011 in Lifestyle
Blackpool - Coastguards based in Liverpool on the UK east coast, have warned day trippers venturing onto Blackpool's beach to check the tide-tables after 93 people became trapped on sandy spits off Blackpool's South Pier.
The patrols were summoned on five separate occasions on Sunday to rescue beach walkers, dog walkers, bathers and day-trippers enjoying some early sunshine warmth off the famous resort on the Lancashire coast. Temperatures had soared to around 23c (74f), some ten degrees above seasonal average, prompting holidaymakers to flock to the coast to soak up the sun.
The coastguards were first called out at 1313BST when four people had to be rescued from sands near Fleetwood. Then the Lytham Rescue team were sent out around half an hour later to rescue 70 people who had been cut off by the tide, as reported in the BBC. Fourteen more people were rescued near Blackpool's Norbreck Castle after they had become stranded on sand banks surrounded by water.
Then at 1444BST, Liverpool Coastguard received a call reporting four girls stranded on a bank at Little Eye in West Kirby. Hoylake Coastguard Team attended to investigate but found the girls had made their way to safety. Watch Manager Su Daintith told MCA, a Department for Transport press release website, "We know that on a beautiful day like today that people dont want to waste any time getting to the beach in order to soak up the sunshine. But just two minutes spent checking the tide times (and there are plenty of resources available where you can find these) could mean the difference between a carefree day and a Coastguard Team coming to your rescue."
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