Cornwall

Cornwall high tides alert after strandings

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Image caption RNLI inshore rescue boats recovered nine stranded children safe and well

Coastguards have warned people about high spring tides after a number of people were rescued in Cornwall.

Seven teenage girls were rescued after they were cut off by the tide and stranded on rocks at Freathy Beach in Whitsand Bay on Saturday.

A man and a woman were also rescued after climbing 30ft up a cliff as the tide trapped them between Trevaunance and Trevellas Porth.

Two 17-year-old boys were also cut off by the tide at Watergate near Newquay.

Seven girls aged 13 and 14 were rescued from Whitsand Bay by Plymouth RNLI inshore lifeboat at about 1700 BST.

Earlier a coastguard team lowered a man and woman to the base of the cliff between Trevaunance and Trevellas Porth.

They were then recovered by a St Agnes lifeboat and taken back to shore.

Two 17-year-old boys cut off by the tide at Watergate were brought back to shore by a Newquay lifeboat.

Four nine-year old children stuck on rocks by Portreath Harbour, managed to wade ashore on their own.

No injuries were reported in the incidents.

Martin Bidmead, watch officer at Falmouth Coastguard, said: "These high spring tides seem to have caught many people out, stranding them on rocks and cliffs."

He said high tides would be even higher on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in the morning, reaching 5.7m (19ft), and again at about tea time.

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