Rescue after fog ordeal

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


RESCUERS came to the aid of a woman this morning (Tuesday), after she became disorientated in thick fog and cut off by the tide at an Isle of Wight beach, in what a coastguard described as a 'terrifying ordeal.’

A Solent Coastguard spokeswoman said they received a 999 call shortly before 8am this morning from the woman’s husband, reporting that his wife and their dog had been cut off by the tide at Appley Beach, Ryde.

The water was already up to the woman’s waist and the woman was disorientated due to the fog.

Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team, trained in water rescue, and two boats from Ryde Inshore Rescue were sent to the scene and rescuers had to shout to locate her.

Both her and the dog were brought aboard the lifeboat and taken ashore, where she was passed into the care of paramedics.

Karen Bosman, watch manager at Solent Coastguard, said: "This woman told us she often takes her dog for a walk on the beach in this area, but this morning she was not aware of the rising spring tide. Combined with the foggy conditions, she ended up getting stuck up to her waist in the water.

"This must have been a terrifying ordeal and we’re grateful that we managed to recover her in time. To avoid becoming stuck yourself, best to check the weather and tide times before you set out.

"Remember though, if you do get into difficulty, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard."

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