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RNLI lifeboat crew rescue couple from the marshes at Wells at night.

Lifeboats News Release

The crew of the Wells RNLI inshore lifeboat were paged at 8.17pm on Monday night to assist a couple who had got into difficulties in the marsh between Wells and Stiffkey.

The young couple from Norwich set off for an evening adventure in Wells marshes but it started to go wrong when they discovered that their boat was sinking.

After swimming to the edge of the creek they realised that they needed help as they were cold and wet with no way of getting back to the mainland. Their mobile phone call was received by UK Coastguard who asked the Wells RNLI inshore lifeboat crew to launch.

The volunteer crew launched the lifeboat at 8.29pm and proceeded to the reported position of the casualties. They were located at 8.58pm in Mo Creek by shining the torch on their phone to help the lifeboat to find them.

The lifeboat crew then ferried them back to the lifeboat house where they received medical attention from ambulance paramedics. Accommodation was also found for them for the night in Wells

With the casualties safely ashore, the lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service at 9.10pm.

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For further information contact Peter Rainsford, Wells RNLI Deputy Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, 01328 711463, 07789 987255,

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