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Rescue services called to help marooned Pokemon Go players

Technically Incorrect: In the UK, the tide comes in and a number of players are stranded on an island.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


The sort of lifeboat that the rescue services sent out.

RNLI (with permission)

By now, you'll have realized that it's hard to stop Pokemon Go players in full flow.

They'll try and get into your garden. They'll even call 911 in search of monsters. They're even annoying Rihanna.

Sometimes, though, they only do themselves harm.

Britain's volunteer Royal National Lifeboat Institution told me that on Thursday evening, six teens decided to go offshore in search of swimming monsters.

They wafted off to a place called Birnbeck Island, located on UK's southwest coast underneath Wales.

But when the tide comes in, there's no safe access back to the mainland.

So here they were, stranded.

The RNLI received an emergency call and sent out a rescue crew.

They espied two of the teens attempting to wade back, the water rapidly rising to their chests. The remaining four were trying to use an unsafe pier to make their escape.

The RNLI offered me the words of Chris Lyons, a rescue crew member: "It is great to see people getting out and about enjoying themselves however, putting your life in danger trying to catch Pokemon is extremely irresponsible."

It wasn't just the RNLI that was called out. The Avon & Somerset Police, Avon Fire Rescue and local coastguard teams all congregated in the parking lot at end of Birnbeck Island Pier, in case the youths may have become trapped while exploring the unsafe so-called "Old Pier."

"The water is unforgiving," Lyons added. "It doesn't give you a second chance, whereas a game will."

Gadgets have found new and interesting ways to drive people toward danger. More and more people seem to be dying while trying to take a selfie. Even roaming in the dead of night searching for monsters can put you in danger.

In the end, though, the general rules of safety seems to apply. Think before you do.

The RNLI told me the police questioned the six teens -- all male -- and asked them why they had taken such a risk. When the answered that they were searching for Pokemon, there was a certain disbelief.

And all the rescue crew had to do in the end was get back through the mud and clean themselves and their boat.

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