CONCERNS FOR 4 ADULTS AND 2 CHILDREN ON FORT WALK IN FADING LIGHT

Concerns for a group of people spotted carrying out their own Fort Walk with darkness descending led to an emergency response from HM Coastguard this evening (Thursday).

Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team and Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked to St Helens Duver shortly before 21:00 following reports that a number of individuals were on the causeway to St Helens Fort in rapidly fading light.

Thankfully, the 4 adults and 2 children made it safely back to shore where they were met by Coastguard Officers and given words of advice.

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It comes just 12 hours after a family of 8 were rescued whilst returning from the fort – later than the tide allowed. They were picked up by a RIB ahead of the arrival of Bembridge RNLI inshore lifeboat.

On Wednesday night around 50 people completed the walk. Usually the annual event sees in excess of 4,000 people undertaking the hour-long round trip.

If you or someone else is in difficulty on the coast or at sea, or if you spot what you think may be unexploded ordnance, then dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Further safety information can be found at https://coastguardsafety.campaign.gov.uk/.

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Island Echo – Isle of Wight

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