Rescue – Sunday 21 February 2016

The RNLI lifeboats from Redcar were called into action on Sunday 21 February after a trio of walkers became separated from the rest of their group and were cut off by the tide at Saltburn.

A group of six men, all from the USA and working in the Teesside area, were walking from Skinningrove to Saltburn along the base of Huntcliff. While three of the men made it safely to Saltburn, the remainder of the party were lost from sight.

Concerned for their wellbeing, the men who had arrived back at Saltburn raised the alarm.

UK Coastguard requested the launch of the two lifeboats from Redcar to search along the cliff bottom between Saltburn and Skinningrove.

Dave Cocks from Redcar RNLI said: ‘We were contacted by UK Coastguard just after 1pm, after one of the party dialled 999 to report that the other members of the group were missing.

‘There were still two hours to go to high tide. Both lifeboats launched and shortly after arriving in the area the crews spotted the three men, about half way between Saltburn and Skinningrove.

‘Our inshore lifeboat ran in and picked up the men, and then they were transferred to our larger lifeboat for the run back to Redcar.’

Mark McGuire, helmsman of the Redcar inshore lifeboat said: ‘This was a pretty routine rescue for us. We regularly train for this event. In fact we’d been in exactly the same location earlier in the day on a training exercise.

‘The inshore lifeboat is the perfect boat for this type of rescue. It’s a very nimble craft and can take a lot of punishment amongst the large boulders which lie at the bottom of the cliffs.’

The men were unharmed during the incident.