A MUM, two youngsters and a Good Samaritan who went to their aid had to be helped after they became stranded on rocks.
The 27-year-old, who was with her four-year-old daughter and seven-year-old nephew and a Border Terrier, raised the alarm with HM Coastguard at around 10.30am today after the sea began to come in around them at Parson’s Rocks at Roker.
A man, who had used a ladder in the back of his car to reach them and offer help, also became stuck when the water got to deep to wade through.
A three-strong crew from Sunderland RNLI, members of the Coastguard team, firefighters and paramedics were sent to the scene to assist them to the shore.
A small lifeboat was used to reach the rocks and was then walked to the group, where all four people and the dog were helped into the craft.
Two crew members in waders then walked the boat back out to sea and returned to the lifeboat house.
A paramedic then checked the man, woman and children over and gave them the all clear.
Ben Mitchell, RNLI helmsman, said: “The lady did the right thing by calling the Coastguard and she did the right thing by checking the tide times, and might have got into trouble if they’d tried to wade out.
“But people need to be aware they can be cut off before the tide is due to come in.”
He added the emergency services had reached the family and helper within minutes.