MoD Police rescue three young people trapped on Plymouth sandbank
Ministry of Defence Police have rescued three youngsters stranded by the tide on a Plymouth river.
The MOD Police Marine Unit at HM Naval Base, Devonport, were requested just after 4pm on Tuesday (12 June) by Brixham Coastguard to attend Forder Lake opposite Jupiter Point on the River Lyhner; where three young people were reported trapped on a sand bank.
The MOD Police boat Integrity and a rigid-hulled inflatable boat, crewed by two Ministry of Defence Police officers, attended the scene and found two boys aged 16 and 14 and a girl aged 13, all from Plymouth, on a spit of land immediately south of the railway viaduct on Forder Lake.
The youngsters had crossed a mud bank onto the spit of land and were tired, muddy and lost.
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Inspector Gordon Peters, unit commander, said: “Despite a rapidly falling tide, which could easily have stranded the boat, the crew of the smaller inflatable boat were able to take the youngsters on board and ferry them to the safety of the police launch.
“Al three young people were advised about the potential dangers of crossing soft mud on the foreshore, before being landed safely at Tamarside Sailing Club jetty.”