South Scotland

Powfoot dog walker rescued from rising Solway tides

Anne Burgess
Image caption Coastguards said the tide was very fast in the area and it was easy to get cut off

A man and three dogs have been rescued after becoming cut-off by the incoming tide off the south of Scotland coast.

Lifeboats and coastguards were called out after they were spotted in difficulty on the sands at Powfoot.

Silloth Lifeboat from Cumbria on the English side of the Solway Firth rescued the man and two of his dogs.

His third dog was missing for some time but it was picked up by the Nith Inshore Rescue Boat which was also called out on Tuesday afternoon.

Annan Coastguards were also sent to the scene.

The man was rescued from the water and although he was cold and wet a coastguard spokesman said he was otherwise well.

Liverpool Coastguard co-ordinated the search and a spokesman said: "He was very lucky and the rescuers did a fine job.

"The tides in this area come in very fast and it's very easy to get cut off.

"Members of the public must make sure of the times of tides before they venture out on the sands."

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