Two women rescued by Exmouth RNLI after using social media to raise alarm
PUBLISHED: 14:42 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:35 12 July 2018
A couple of women who had become isolated by the tide on Exmouth beach used social media to alert emergency services.
They sent a message to Exmouth RNLI’s Facebook page asking for advise as the tide started to come in east of Orcombe Point on Wednesday (July 11) night.
RNLI mechanic Andy Stott, who was on duty at Illfracombe lifeboat station, is an administrator for the charity’s page and advised that high tide was coming soon and they should ring 999 for help. He also told them not to attempt to climb the cliffs.
Exmouth RNLI’s inshore lifeboat George Bearman II was launched at around 5.45pm and the two women were brought back to the station and given safety advice.
Andy Stott said: “If you find yourself or see someone you think is in danger, please call 99 or 112 immediately.
“If you’re going for a walk along the beach, please check tide times by using a phone app, speaking to the RNLI lifeguards or picking up a tide table from our shop.
“The ladies were lucky our Facebook admins were close to their phones this afternoon – this is not a reliable method of calling for help, as sometimes messages aren’t read immediately.”