RNLI called to stranded teenagers

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LIFEBOAT volunteers were called to rescue two teenagers after they were cut off by the rising tide while walking along the coast.

 The Humber Coastguard requested the launch of Sunderland RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat after they received a 999 call reporting the teenagers’ plight, shortly after 5pm yesterday at Seaham.

 Ian Rowan, helmsman at Sunderland RNLI, said: “The initial reports indicated that the teenagers were stranded at the bottom of cliffs, 100m to the north of Seaham Hall car park.

 “It was our priority to get on scene as quickly as possible because it was unclear how much time the teenagers had before the small beach they were on became covered by the rising tide.”

 On arrival, Coastguard officers discovered that the teenagers had climbed to safety.

 “Thankfully, the teenagers managed to scramble up the muddy embankment to safety before we arrived at the scene,” said Mr Rowan.

 “If you do find yourself stranded, you should make your way to the safest piece of high ground.”