Family of four rescued after getting trapped in rising tide

A family of four and their pet spaniel had to be dramatically rescued after getting stranded in a rising tide under cliffs in the north-east of the UK.

The group, which included two boys aged nine and 11, had been out for a family walk between Staithes and Skinningrove along the North Yorkshire coast when they realised they had been cut off by rising water.

Shortly after raising the alarm on Thursday afternoon, they were rescued when the Staithes and Runswick branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) came to their aid at the Boulby cliffs.

In a statement, the Staithes and Runswick RNLI said that one volunteer had swam ashore to ensure the family, from Birmingham, stayed above the rising tide.

It added: "Two more crew members swam separately ashore with dry suits and lifebelts, and attaching each member of the family to a safety line, escorted them in turn through the rocks and choppy sea back to the lifeboat, finally rescuing the pet spaniel."

A spokesman said that car-sized rocks along the shoreline under Boulby made for tricky conditions and big waves.

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