34 Children and 2 Adults Rescued in Harrowing Incident on the coastline near Dover in Kent
Saved by their mobile phones: Dozens of Jewish teenagers from London are rescued after using their handsets as distress beacons when trapped by the rising tide below the White Cliffs of Dover
A group of 34 Jewish schoolchildren got trapped on a beach as the tide rushed in during a disastrous hike last night but managed to guide in lifeboats and a rescue helicopter by waving their lit-up phones.
The teenagers, believed to be from Stamford Hill in north London, were stuck on a stretch of coastal path below the White Cliffs of Dover, known for deadly rock falls.
Extraordinary footage taken from a helicopter shows the lost students frantically waving their mobiles at a 50-string RNLI rescue team while clambering around below treacherous cliffs as the tide rushed in.
The hiking party, which included two adults, raised the alarm with Kent Police at around 9pm after becoming disorientated as they followed a coastal path between St Margaret’s Bay and Dover Harbour.
RNLI rescuer Mark Finnis said today that the students were in ‘high spirits’ when they were picked up but within two hours they would have drowned while locals said the trek they attempted was so perilous master adventurer Bear Grylls would be too scared to try it.
The group, led by two adults, appear to have ignored several signs saying: ‘The public are warned not to proceed beyond the beach because of the possibility of cliff falls and of being cut off by the rising tide.’
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Stranded 34 children trapped by rising tides were ‘incredibly lucky’ to be saved in daring nighttime rescue
Thirty-four children dramatically rescued from a rising tide in a daring nighttime rescue by the RNLI are ‘incredibly lucky’ to have not been seriously injured or worse.
The group of 34 Jewish teenagers and two adults – from Stamford Hill in North London – were plucked from danger on the coastline near Dover in Kent late last night.
They are described as “just friends (who) decided to group together and go for a day trip”.
Five of the group were rescued by a search and rescue helicopter while the rest were rescued by teams on three lifeboats after children used their mobile phones as beacons.
Dover RNLI Coxswain Mark Finnis said the group were less than TWO HOURS from being swept out to sea when they were rescued.
He said after the rescue: “I don’t think they realised the situation they could have been in, say less than a couple of hours later.
“There was rising tide there and the water level goes right up to the cliff face. So they would have had real problems.”
He added they would have walked past nine warning signs during their walk.
Around 40 volunteers were involved in the large scale operation. Most of the group were plucked from the beach after descending from cliffs and becoming trapped by the rising sea water.
Several more of the ‘hiking party’ became separated from the main group and were eventually located and rescued off rocks – despite rescuers having to operate in a ‘nasty swell’.