A lucky escape by four teenagers prompts Humberside Fire and Rescue Service to offer a reminder that you can still dial 999 from your mobile telephone even if you have no credit. 
Two boys and two girls aged between 15 and 19 from the Cleethorpes area became trapped against the North Sea wall near to the Grimsby Docks by the incoming tide when out for a walk July 7.
They did not alert the emergency services to the situation by dialling 999 because they thought they did not have enough credit to make the call.
It was only thanks to the police helicopter that potential disaster was averted, when its crew spotted the group while out on routine patrols at around 9pm. Cleethorpes RNLI was alerted to the situation and launched its inshore lifeboat Blue Peter VI, whose crew quickly brought the stranded group safely ashore.
Dave Smith from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said: "This incident could have resulted in a very different outcome if the police helicopter hadn't spotted the group and alerted the RNLI. It is really important to remind people that even if you have no credit on your mobile telephone you can still ring 999 to call out any of the emergency services. I would urge people to make sure that their mobile telephone is charged before going out as well. Everyone should also enter their emergency contacts under ICE (in case of emergency) to allow emergency services to contact parents, partners should they need to in an emergency. Taking these simple steps will really help in an emergency situation."


Posted: 14.02, 19.07.11, rachael.haydon@pavpub.com