RNLI Wells inshore lifeboat assist woman and dog cut off by tide

Lifeboats News Release

The woman had been walking her dog when she realised that she was cut off by the fast-rising water, even though she was in the harbour

Just two days after commemorating the 40th anniversary of a memorable lifeboat service carried out in atrocious conditions with a blizzard and storm force winds, Wells lifeboat was launched in glorious sunshine to assist a lady and her dog who had become cut off by the incoming tide in the harbour.

Having realised her predicament the lady climbed into a moored dinghy with her dog to wait for help and a member of the public made a 999 call to alert the Coastguard. The lifeboat was called at 2.11pm and, watched by hundreds of visitors on the beach, the inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched at 2.17pm and made its way to the scene. The lady and her dog were taken on board and delivered, safe and sound, to the harbour pontoons where they were met by the Coastguard team.

On returning to the boathouse the crew spotted some walkers in a dangerous location on the beach to the West side of the harbour where, with a fast incoming tide it can quickly become dangerous. They took the ILB round by sea to the walkers and informed them of the danger they were in, showing them the way to proceed to higher, safer ground. The boat then returned to the boathouse and was re-housed, refuelled and ready for service at 3.15pm.

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