More Youngsters Pulled From Rocks

Ten teenagers on a school trip from Germany have been rescued from rocks between St Margaret's Bay and Dover.

The three boys and seven girls had been cut off by the tide.

The Dover coastguard asked the Walmer lifeboat crew to launch following reports that the pilot of a private inflatable had picked up ten children from rocks.

The crew met up with the boat, collected the children and took them back to the safety of the shore at St Margaret's Bay.

Walmer RNLI helmsman Brad Rebbeck explained: "When we arrived we found the pilot of a RIB had picked up a group of ten children who had been sat on rocks between St Margaret's Bay and Dover as the tide was rapidly coming in. Apparently the children were school friends and their teacher had called the coastguard to ask for assistance.

"We understand they had been playing on the beach and the rocks when the tide started coming in a lot faster than they thought it would, effectively cutting them off.

"There were 3 boys, 7 girls, all aged around 14-15 years. When we started chatting to them, we realised they were German, and were visiting the UK on a school trip. We transferred them from the RIB onto the lifeboat and took them back to St Margaret's Bay to the teacher.

"We did try to find out more - for example, whether they had seen the signs telling people about the potential dangers of tides - but the language barrier made it quite hard to get the full facts."

Two weeks ago 34 Jewish children from North London had to be rescued from the same rocks when they were cut off.

The rescues have prompted the RNLI to reiterate the safety messages of its Respect the Water campaign, which underpins the charity's strategy to halve the number of accidental drownings around the UK by 2024.

Guy Addington, RNLI Community Incident Reduction Manager, said: "I'm pleased these children were recovered safe and well before any harm came to them. The RNLI will always launch to people in distress, whatever the reason, but we are trying to encourage people to do everything in their power to prevent getting into danger in the first place.

"Incidents like this highlight how easy it can be to get cut off by the tide whilst out walking. It's easy to get caught out by unexpected tides and waves. We encourage people to keep themselves safe and treat water with respect by staying away from cliff edges and areas prone to cliff falls, by sticking to marked paths and by checking local hazards and safety information, such as tide times, before setting out."

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