Speedboat recovered by Wells RNLI after going aground on bank

Lifeboats News Release

Wells inshore lifeboat was in action again today (Sunday 21 July) to tow into harbour a speedboat that had run out of fuel and had ended up beached on a treacherous sandbank.

RNLI/John Mitchell

The twenty-foot boat with two people on board was attempting to head for Fosdyke in Lincolnshire when it ran out of fuel outside Wells harbour. The speedboat ended up beached on the seaward side of Bob Hall’s Sand, a notorious area for breaking seas.

The two, a man and a woman, left the boat where it had landed ashore and were spotted by the lifeguards patrolling the beach. It was they who called the lifeboat.

The inshore boat launched at 4:38 this afternoon and managed to tow the boat off the sand and bring her back to the harbour once the tide had turned and there was sufficient water in the channel.

The two, who have not been named but understood to come from Peterborough, won’t be able to resume their journey until tomorrow, if they decide to continue (22 July).

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