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Warning after lifeboat rescues

Posted 27 March 2012
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Warning after lifeboat rescues
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Those who go walking across the sands of Morecambe Bay may need more than just Ordnance Survey maps and waterproofs in case of rain, as an awareness of the times of the tides could mean the difference between life and death.

Such a warning has been issued after Lifeboats from Barrow had to carry out two rescues in one afternoon after people got stranded by incoming waters.

Volunteers had to save two walkers with two dogs on the first occasion and three people - including a child - on the second, both on March 25th. 

All had been trying to cross between Foulney Island to Roa Island on the causeway as the tide was coming in.

Barrow lifeboat spokesman John Falvey said warnings over the tides are given out frequently, adding: "It is a bit disappointing though that local people don't take our advice and don't take heed of the warning notice in the car park."

Worse still, he noted, it is local people who tend to fall foul of the situation.

Many crossings of the bay at low tide require advice and local knowledge to be sought to ensure a safe passage, with quicksand among the risks.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801327122-ADNFCR