Children saved from incoming tide

A LIFEBOAT crew was called out in Clevedon to help a group of children in danger of being cut off by the tide.

The youngsters were spotted a sand bank near the town’s seafront on Saturday and coastguard members became concerned the incoming tide could have cut them off from the shore.

The Portishead and Bristol Lifeboat was called to the scene and was joined by Portishead Yacht and Sailing Club’s rescue boat, Mariner 1, which was already in the area taking part in a sailing event.

The crew of Mariner 1 spotted five children on the sandbank, two of which were already making their way back through the mud to shore.

The remaining three were picked up by Mariner 1 before being transferred to the lifeboat and being dropped off at Clevedon Pier to be reunited with their parents.


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During the operation, the coastguard helicopter hovered above as a precaution, just in case anyone involved needed winching to safety, and members of Clevedon coastguard also helped deal with the incident.

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