Isle of Lewis incident: Three children rescued after becoming trapped by high tide

A rescue mission was launched after three children became trapped on a sandbank as sea levels rose rapidly around them.

The team were paged to reports of three children in trouble in the water in the Tong area picture: Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team

The Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team (SCRT) was called after the group of children tried to escape the rising tide and got stuck out at sea in the Tong area on the Isle of Lewis

Two rescue swimmers were deployed to make their way towards the children and the Rescue Helicopter R948 arrived shortly after to help with the incident.

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A spokesman from SCRT said: “Once on scene we could see that the children had made their way out of the water but were trapped on a sandbank with the tide rising rapidly.

“They were cold and wet so the decision was made to take them to the airport by helicopter to warm them up while Police Scotland arranged for them to be picked up by their parents.”

Also called in to support the rescue were S18B, Ness CRT, Scottish Ambulance Service and Stornoway RNLI.

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