Sea rescue drama captured on video
A woman's dramatic sea rescue by lifeboat volunteers as she was cut off by the tide and in "real danger of drowning" has been caught on video.
Blackpool RNLI has released footage showing three volunteers rushing to the woman's aid as she struggles to stay afloat after becoming stranded by the incoming tide on a sandbank.
She can be seen thrashing in the water before being pulled on to the lifeboat, still clutching her mobile phone. The crew powered back to shore where they were met by police and members of the public.
Volunteers gave her emergency first aid and she was taken to hospital as a precaution.
The unnamed woman got into difficulty on a sandbank at Uncle Tom's Cabin in Blackpool on Tuesday shortly before 8pm and several onlookers raised the alarm.
The RNLI said: "The casualty had been cut off by the incoming tide and had no means of getting safely back to shore. Both of the charity's D class lifeboats were launched and made their way to the scene.
"The tide was coming in rapidly and by the time the lifeboats arrived at Uncle Tom's Cabin the sandbank had disappeared completely and the casualty was struggling to keep her head above water.
"The stranded woman was tiring rapidly as she tried to swim to safety and was also suffering from the effects of cold and shock."
Blackpool RNLI volunteer Jonathon Horrocks said: "The lady we rescued had a very lucky escape. By the time we reached her she was totally exhausted and was in very real danger of drowning.
"It's important to be vigilant when you are on the beach, make sure that you always have a safe route to shore and keep checking behind you to make sure that the tide is not coming in around you."