Warning to stay safe on the coastline

Parents are being urged to remind their children about the dangers of incoming tides after the recent warm weather made the coast an attractive venue to visit.

The warning comes after five teenage boys were rescued from the rocks off the Tyneside coast on Saturday.

Tynemouth’s inshore lifeboat was scrambled at 5.15pm when Coastguards received reports of the stranded teens who had become stuck on rocks known locally as Camel Island, at the south end of Marsden Bay in South Shields.

Adrian Don, spokesman for Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat, said: “Our inshore lifeboat with three volunteer crew members rushed to the scene and found the teenagers standing on the rocks.

“They were unharmed but could have been stuck there for another six hours.

“It appeared they were part of a larger group, most of which had got to safety before the tide had risen too high.

“The crew got them onto the lifeboat and took them to safety at the nearby beach, where a coastguard team and police were waiting to make sure they were all well and to give them safety advice.

“Anyone going near the sea should check the state of the tide.”