Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat has rescued a woman cut off by the tide at Culver Cliffs near Yaverland this lunchtime (Saturday).
The lifeboat launched at just gone midday to reports of an individual cut off by the incoming tide at the base of the cliffs, situated between Sandown and Bembridge.
Despite misty conditions in The Bay, the search has not been hampered and the woman has been swiftly located towards the tip of the cliff.
The casualty has now been transferred onto the lifeboat and taken ashore to Sandown Lifeboat Station, where officers from Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team have rendezvoused with the volunteer lifeboatmen and the casualty, bringing the incident to a close.
HM Coastguard is encouraging everyone planning a trip to the coast this Bank Holiday weekend to follow its ‘top 10 hot tips for safety’ and take home only happy memories.
THE 10 HOT SAFETY TIPS
• Jumping: Jumping into the water from piers, rocks, cliffs or other structures can be really dangerous. You never know what’s beneath the surface and tide times and currents will rapidly transform a deep pool into a shallow puddle.
• Look for the lifeguards: Choose beaches where lifeguards are on duty and take note of their advice, especially when you want to enjoy a swim.
• Chilly water? The shock of cold water can slow your body’s responses, even for strong swimmers and strong currents can quickly sweep you away.
• Sea shore: Do swim parallel to the shore and avoid most harbours and fast-flowing water
• Don’t get carried away: Inflatables are not suitable for use in the sea and they can go from fun to potentially deadly in minutes, so best save them for swimming pools. Tide conditions, the wind and any changes in the weather can very quickly sweep them out to sea and beyond safe depths.
• Watch out: Keep a watchful eye on members of your group and particularly young children. Watch them when they are going for a swim, rock pooling of just playing in the water.
• Swept out to sea? Stay with your boat or inflatable and shout for help, waving your arms if possible. Do not attempt to swim for shore if out of your depth. Ideally make sure that someone ashore is keeping an eye on you.
• If you’re on a boat or taking part in water sports, do wear a life jacket. A good lifejacket with a light, sprayhood and whistle will be a big help in saving yourself and/or surviving long enough for rescuers to find you if you are unfortunate enough to fall into cold water.
• Step out: If you’re doing cliff or coastal walking, do wear sturdy clothing and footwear and take a mobile phone. Keep pets on a lead and keep well away from cliff edges.
• Keep in touch: Take mobiles. Arrange a meeting place with your group in case you become separated, take full advantage of any beach safety schemes such as wristbands. Plus of course alert the lifeguards or call the Coastguard straight away if you see anyone in trouble.
If you or someone else is in difficulty on the coast or at sea, or if you spot what you think may be unexploded ordnance, then dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Further safety information can be found at https://coastguardsafety.campaign.gov.uk/.