MORE than 1,400 people were assisted off sandbanks and were warned of the danger of the incoming tide off Rhyl and Prestatyn last weekend.

Rhyl inshore lifeboat, the RNLI lifeguard team and the HM Coastguard rescue team helped them to safety before they were completely cut off by tides on both Saturday and Sunday.

An RNLI spokesman said: “Last weekend’s brilliant weather saw a huge influx of people needing assistance along the beaches in Rhyl and Prestatyn.

“More than 1400 people needed to be assisted off sandbanks as the flooding tide threatened to cut them off.

“Rhyl RNLI Lifeguards along with the volunteers from Rhyl RNLI Lifeboat crew and Rhyl Coastguard Rescue Team, worked to warn beach users and guide them back across from the sandbanks.

Matt Jessop, RNLI Denbighshire lifeguards supervisor, said: “Last weekend was an exceptionally busy period for us on the beaches.

“Working with our colleagues we assisted a huge number of people who were in danger of being cut off by the tide.”

Martin Jones, Rhyl RNLI lifeboat coxswain said: ‘We have some stunning beaches along our coastline, and we want everyone to enjoy them safely. The tidal range in this area is one of the largest in the UK and the tide can cut you off from land in minutes.

“Next weekend the tides are larger, and high water is during the middle of the day. If you are heading to the beach, please be aware of this.”

There were similar incidents off Llandudno’s west shore over the weekend, with Conwy and Llandudno inshore lifeboats being called out to rescue people likely to be cut off.

A Holyhead Coastguard spokesman said: “We would like to encourage everyone to enjoy our coastline safely. So, make sure you check weather and tides before you set out, wear appropriate clothing and footwear, be responsible about alcohol consumption and go to a lifeguarded beach. Stay within the flagged area and listen to the advice of lifeguards.

“Always check the weather and tidal conditions before you set out so that you can prepare accordingly. Find local coastal weather and local tide times at:

“Be wary of areas of soft mud and higher banks where the tide may come in, surround you and cut you off; give yourself plenty of time to get back before the tide comes in. Don’t go out on mudflats and tidal estuaries if fog is forecast or poor visibility could obscure your safe return to the shore.

“Keep safe, but if you see anybody in trouble or if you get into difficulty, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Further advice is available at: -