Two people saved in tide mishap

Two people saved in tide mishap

Published by Mike Draper at 7:33am 12th January 2020. (Updated at 6:29am 13th January 2020)

A lifeboat was sent to rescue the pair who were cut-off in a cave by fast rising sea water.

The Swanage Coastguard patrol had been at Anvil Point on Saturday (11 Jan) preparing to deal with a 999 call about a woman with a broken ankle.

But the team were suddenly diverted because of an urgent 999 call from two people who were trapped by the rising tide between Ballard Point and Old Harry. Swanage Coastguard rescuers immediately went to help them due to the risk involved.


    • Swanage RNLI Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was requested and the Coastguard Team head to the top of the cliffs
    • The ILB found two people in a small cave which was submerged with the fast rising tide
    • In a rough sea the ILB managed to get to the two persons and get them into the boat
    • The all weather boat launched to assist and take the two back to Swanage
Rescue 175 on scene west of Anvil Point
Rescue 175 on the scene, west of Anvil Point.

While this drama was unfolding St Albans Coastguard and a helicopter were sent to Anvil Point to help the woman with the broken ankle.