A family of 8 – including 2 young children – have been rescued after attempting to complete the St Helens Fort Walk this morning (Thursday).
At just before 09:00 reports were received of a group of people cut off by the tide on the causeway between The Duver and St Helens Fort, prompting the launch of Bembridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat.
Upon arrival of the lifeboat off St Helens, it transpired a passing RIB had rescued the family from their predicament and landed them back on the rocky outreach at the start of the causeway.
The casualties, who are thought to have read the tide timetable wrong, were met by Coastguard Officers from Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team – with strong words of advice given.
Last night around 50 people completed – or attempted to complete – the annual Fort Walk, but the tides this year are against those completing the annual pilgrimage.
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