A trapped man feared for his life as the Cleethorpes tide rushed in on a muddy shore

A man who got stranded in a cove along Cleethorpes Beach says he was very “scared” when the water started to rise around him.

Richard Burton, from Sheffield, and his dog had to be rescued by Cleethorpes RNLI on Monday April 18 around 6pm. He had left for a walk on the beach with his family.

But the tide rose quickly and separated him from his wife and three sons. This led to Richard getting stuck in the sandbar with his pet dog, Lola, just behind Cleethorpes Leisure Centre. The water began to rise above chest height.

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He held his dog, Lola, over his shoulder to protect her. A Coastguard helicopter arrived shortly to assist with the operation with RNLI boats coming to its aid.

The Coastguard told Grimsby Live that the man’s wife called 999 who was also at the edge of a marsh covered in water. They were eventually all rescued together as part of the operation.

Lola and her owner got stuck in a sandbank along Cleethorpes beach

The RNLI urges people to check tide times before heading out on a walk which can be dangerous.

Speaking to the BBC, Richard said: “I was getting very, very scary. Within ten minutes he went from my waist down to my shoulders and you just had no idea how deep the water was going. ascend.

“It soon became apparent that when our three children crossed the water, it was quite deep. Lola the dog was not going in the water. So I managed to grab her and started to wade in water to cross (but) it was just mud and I was slipping.”

He is “eternally grateful” to his rescuers. Matt McNally of Cleethorpes RNLI warned walkers of the dangers of tidal waves and the dangers of the beach.

He said: “The most dangerous thing is that the beach is not entirely flat. There are sandbars and creeks crossing it.

“So you can be quite far down the beach and not realize the tides are coming in behind you.”

A Coastguard spokesman told Grimsby Live on Monday: ‘We were called earlier this evening to a report of a guy stuck in the mud in the water just behind the leisure centre. When we arrived at the scene, he was there in the middle of the stream that runs at the back of the leisure base.

“His wife had gone out with him but closer to shore and had spoken to the coast guard by dialing 999 which got us there fairly quickly. We arrived at the same time as the helicopter. They stopped to allow us to get it back in the boat. It seemed like the most sensible thing to do.

“Because of the place [his wife] was it much safer to get her back in the boat than to expect her to cross the edge of the swamp when it was covered in water. If she slipped or fell, we would have had to come back for her, so it was easier to get her back in the boat.”

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