A FAMILY were stranded in the "rising tide" off Southend seafront.

The family of three were "kept calm" by police officers over the phone, while awaiting rescue from Southend's RNLI team.

The family were stranded in the rising tide this afternoon, with beach-goers enjoying the scorching weather over the bank holiday weekend and this afternoon.

Families have been urged to "take care" on the seafront and beaches.


A spokesman from Essex Police Control Room, said: "One of our call takers did a fantastic job today assisting a family of three who found themselves stuck in the rising tide at Southend seafront today.

"She kept them calm and reassured them help was on they way; whilst our dispatchers organised at Southend RNLI to rescue them.

"This is another example of excellent team work by our skilled team.

"But also a reminder of the dangers whilst you are out enjoying this nice weather.

"Please take care of yourself and be mindful of your surroundings."