UK Coastguard had received a number of 999 calls about the stranded people and at 17:25 tasked Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat, already at sea on a routine training exercise off South Shields, to rescue them.
The lifeboat arrived off Cullercoats Bay just a few minutes after being tasked, and the inflatable Y-class boat carried on board was launched into the sea to allow two crew members to get close to the rocks in the shallow water. The casualties were quickly brought off the rocks and taken the short distance to the beach in the bay where they were met by members of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade who gave them safety advice and information on how to find out about local tide times.
Lifeboats: Y-228 and 17-20 Spirit of Northumberland. Photo: Volunteer crew member James Waters