Southend RNLI and Coastguard tasked to help couple in race against rising tide to reach shore

Echo: Couple's race against rising tide to reach shore Couple's race against rising tide to reach shore

TWO people had to be rescued from the sea as they struggled to get ashore before high tide.

Southend RNLI and Coastguard teams rushed to the people just before 7.10pm yesterday after reports they were waist-deep in the water close the Southend Pier.

Members of the public told Thames Coastguard the pair couldn’t get to shore and the tide was rising.

Southend RNLI launched its hovercraft to try and reach the couple but they eventually were able to wade to ashore with minor injuries to their feet.

Safety advice was given by the Coastguard team.

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9:38am Mon 26 May 14

Little John says...

Sound like they were lucky. The mud flats around the pier are not as firm as other areas. Could be that they kept an eye on the tide and then discovered it was harder than they thought to get back to shore. Easy mistake to make if you don't know the terrain as you tend to sink ankle deep (if not deeper) in that area. Added to the tide coming in rapidly, it would obviously have slowed them down considerably. Glad they made it.
Sound like they were lucky. The mud flats around the pier are not as firm as other areas. Could be that they kept an eye on the tide and then discovered it was harder than they thought to get back to shore. Easy mistake to make if you don't know the terrain as you tend to sink ankle deep (if not deeper) in that area. Added to the tide coming in rapidly, it would obviously have slowed them down considerably. Glad they made it. Little John
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11:04am Mon 26 May 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Ridiculous idiots RNLI and COASTGUARDS have better things to do than deal people who have no brains
Ridiculous idiots RNLI and COASTGUARDS have better things to do than deal people who have no brains CHRISTMAS CAROL
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11:07am Mon 26 May 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

If you dont know the terrain then you dont do it **RNLI and COASTGUARDS have nore important things to do than deal with brainless idiots.
If you dont know the terrain then you dont do it **RNLI and COASTGUARDS have nore important things to do than deal with brainless idiots. CHRISTMAS CAROL
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11:18am Mon 26 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

CHRISTMAS CAROL wrote:
Ridiculous idiots RNLI and COASTGUARDS have better things to do than deal people who have no brains
What else do they have to do, if it isn't rescuing folk..?
[quote][p][bold]CHRISTMAS CAROL[/bold] wrote: Ridiculous idiots RNLI and COASTGUARDS have better things to do than deal people who have no brains[/p][/quote]What else do they have to do, if it isn't rescuing folk..? Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 15

11:23am Mon 26 May 14

pembury53 says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
CHRISTMAS CAROL wrote:
Ridiculous idiots RNLI and COASTGUARDS have better things to do than deal people who have no brains
What else do they have to do, if it isn't rescuing folk..?
too true, and lets face it, there will always be a queue longer than the pier, of such idiots every summer....
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CHRISTMAS CAROL[/bold] wrote: Ridiculous idiots RNLI and COASTGUARDS have better things to do than deal people who have no brains[/p][/quote]What else do they have to do, if it isn't rescuing folk..?[/p][/quote]too true, and lets face it, there will always be a queue longer than the pier, of such idiots every summer.... pembury53
  • Score: 3

6:58pm Mon 26 May 14

the25man says...

It's called Southend on Sea so people see the sea as low tide high tide like most coastal towns not realising at low tide it's a mud flat where the tide comes in very fast
It's called Southend on Sea so people see the sea as low tide high tide like most coastal towns not realising at low tide it's a mud flat where the tide comes in very fast the25man
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8:02am Tue 27 May 14

rodgdodge says...

with climate change ( raised sea-levels), the tide`s speed will increase.
As there will be a larger volume of water to flow in the same amount of time!!
with climate change ( raised sea-levels), the tide`s speed will increase. As there will be a larger volume of water to flow in the same amount of time!! rodgdodge
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9:53am Tue 27 May 14

alarminstaller says...

rodgdodge wrote:
with climate change ( raised sea-levels), the tide`s speed will increase.
As there will be a larger volume of water to flow in the same amount of time!!
I wondered when the term 'Global Warning' will be mentioned.

It is an easy term to use to suit all reasons and purposes including the reasons why energy costs are increased, floods and natural disasters occur, tsunami's occur.
[quote][p][bold]rodgdodge[/bold] wrote: with climate change ( raised sea-levels), the tide`s speed will increase. As there will be a larger volume of water to flow in the same amount of time!![/p][/quote]I wondered when the term 'Global Warning' will be mentioned. It is an easy term to use to suit all reasons and purposes including the reasons why energy costs are increased, floods and natural disasters occur, tsunami's occur. alarminstaller
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