The couple used their mobile to summon help from Solent Coastguard whilst mid-way between Thorness and Gurnard Marsh. As the tide came in the couple, who were wearing shorts, attempted to reach the cliff top path but eventually returned to the beach suffering cuts from brambles.
As the helm, Mark Harker, carefully steered the lifeboat between the rocks to reach the shore it was found that the crew not only needed to rescue the couple, but a police officer who had gone to their aid.
After crew member Dr Will King went ashore to satisfy himself the couple’s injuries were superficial, they and the police officer were taken by the lifeboat to Thorness. The theeesome were then able to wade ashore to safety and were met by The Needles Coastguard Rescue Team. The Coastguard team applied first aid.
Coastguard Rescue 104 helicopter hovered over the scene during the rescue whilst on a training exercise, but was not required.
The lifeboat, which launched at 15:15, returned to station at 16:25.