Man winched to safety after being trapped by the tide off the Dorset coast

Man winched to safety after being trapped by the tide off the Dorset coast

Published by Maria Greenwood at 12:42pm 6th July 2020.

West Bay Coastguard Rescue Team has been involved in a major operation to help a man trapped by the tide.

The call-out came on Saturday night, when a man became cut off by the tide between Lyme Regis and Charmouth.

7 officers from West Bay were involved in the rescue operation alongside the coastguard helicopter and Lyme Regis lifeboat.

A spokesman for West Bay Coastguard Rescue Team said:

"Due to the state of the tide and sea conditions, it was decided that a helicopter extraction would be the safest method of rescue and the West Bay officers were tasked with setting up an emergency helicopter landing site.

"The casualty was safely winched from the beach and flown the short distance to the landing site to be passed into the care of the awaiting officers.

"Stay safe on the coast this Summer, pay attention to local warning signage and take note of the tide times.

"Wear appropriate clothing and make sure you have a method of calling for help."