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Emergency services scramble as 20 people stranded after being cut off by tide

A group of 20 people had to be rescued after getting stranded when they were cut off by the tide over the bank holiday weekend.

The group were left stranded on West Scar, Flamborough after getting caught out on Monday at around midday.

After the alarm was raised, by Humber Coastguard, the Coastguard Rescue Team from Bridlington and Filey were called out to help rescue the group.

When rescue crews established that all 20 people needed assistance, they took to the water to help the stranded tourists.

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In a statement on social media, Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team said all casualties were successfully taken to shore.

HullLive reported that the coastguard said: “All casualties were assisted to shore by the RNLI lifeboat and Coastguard using a Snatch Water Technique. Thankfully, all persons were successfully rescued and none required medical intervention.

“This is a timely reminder that you must check the tide times before venturing onto rocks.

“The tide can flood quickly and easily cut you off. Remember, if you do get into difficulty dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

The incident follows a weekend of travel chaos for Britons after a failure in air traffic control stranded thousands of passengers in Europe.

One passenger, a care worker from Glasgow, said they could be stuck in Portugal for a week because of the delays.

Neil Scott told LBC that he was meant to fly home on Monday, but could be stuck in the country until next Tuesday, September 5.

Mr Scott said after finally speaking to a staff member he discovered something shocking.

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He said: “There was no information whatsoever, there was no possibility of getting any questions answered about where we stay, do we get alternative flights, do we get meals paid for, compensation, anything?”

Mr Scott added that he was given a sheet of paper with details on how to contact EasyJet, but had not been able to get through to anyone, he claimed.

In a statement, EasyJet said: “While the majority of our flying programme is operating as planned today, the knock-on impact of yesterday’s UK ATC systems failure means that some flights this morning were unfortunately unable to operate.

“We notified customers in advance, providing them with options to transfer their flight for free or receive a refund to help them rearrange their plans.”

They added: “While this is outside of our control, we apologise for the difficulty this has caused for our customers and we remain focused on doing all possible to assist and repatriate them as soon as possible at this very busy time of year.

“We recommend that all passengers continue to check their flight status on our Flight Tracker for real-time information before travelling to the airport.”

In other parts of Europe, passengers have also been unable to return to the UK after a storm hit the Spanish island of Majorca.

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