Wells Lifeboat rescues two Kayakers and a Dog
Wells-next-the-Sea RNLI Lifeboat station continued its busy spell yesterday (Tuesday 11 July) as the volunteer crew responded to their fifth call out in six days.
This time the call for help came from two people and a dog in a three-man kayak. The call came at 12.30pm today (Tuesday 11 July) after the kayakers dialled 999 on a mobile saying they were having difficulty making way against a strong outgoing tide in Blakeney Harbour.
The pair had managed to grab hold of a channel maker buoy and hold on to it until help arrived.
With the tide ebbing rapidly, there was only just sufficient water in the channel for the inshore RNLI lifeboat Peter Wilcox to clear Wells harbour.
The lifeboat arrived on scene at 1.00pm and took the kayak in tow to as near Morston Creek as they could get. Because of the lack of water, the lifeboat crew helped pull the canoe across the sand to safety.
The lifeboat returned to Wells-next-the-Sea and a low water recovery took place to return the RNLI craft to the lifeboat station where it was ready for service again at 3.00pm.
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.