An article in the local paper detailing how dangerous the tides are at Piel, i've witnessed the tide coming in here and believe me its faster than you can run!!
Tragedy prevented by quick acting ferryman
A DAD and his six-year-old daughter were rescued after they became trapped on a sandbank by the incoming tide.
By Suzanne Murphy
The holidaymakers were rescued by the local ferryman John Cleasby just as Barrow RNLI lifeboat was about to be launched.
The incident has prompted a rescue spokesman to warn people of the dangers of walking on the sands.
The alarm was raised at 1.05pm yesterday.
Barrow’s RNLI inshore lifeboats were paged to launch immediately to a report of a man and girl trapped on a sandbank between Piel Island and Walney, by the incoming tide.
The crew had the lifeboat on the slipway and about to launch by 1.10pm when they were approached by local ferryman who had two people on board his boat.
They were a 41-year-old man and his daughter from Scotland, who had been holidaying in the area.
The man told crews he had asked advice from local people about walking from Walney to Piel, across the sands, and he had either been advised wrongly or misunderstood the instructions given.
John Falvey, Barrow lifeboat spokesman said they had spent the morning looking around Piel then had set off to return to Walney just as the tide was flooding in.
He said: “One channel comes around the west side of Piel Island whilst the main channel comes around the east side, and completely surrounds the island and anyone on the sand.
“Luckily, local ferryman, John Cleasby saw what was happening and went to their aid. They were a little bit shaken when they realised what could have happened, and were extremely grateful to John, the lifeboat crew who turned out to help, and also to the gentleman who kindly offered to drive them back to Walney.
“We would like to remind the public that walking on the sand can be very dangerous if they don’t know what they are doing, or choose to go at the wrong time of day.
“Our advice would be, go as part of an organised walk, or catch the ferry, but if in doubt don’t chance walking it on your own, stay safely on shore.”