Walkers warned of the dangers walking near the sea

Lifeboats News Release

There’s a harvest full moon and that means large spring tides, which are an additional danger to people walking by the sea.

You are quite safe, you think. Ahead of you, nothing but sand or marsh, then you glance behind and suddenly there’s water everywhere. It wasn’t there minutes before. That’s what happened to two groups of walkers out for a stroll in the pleasant autumn sunshine on Saturday afternoon (14 September).

At five o’clock Wells lifeboat got the call and launched to rescue three people cut off on the sandbank on the west side of the harbour channel. A couple and a youngster were perched on the last piece of dry ground when the lifeboat arrived. By the time they were safely in the boat, it had been covered by the sea. That’s how quickly the sea comes in.

Wells coxswain Nicky King said: 'At full moon, this time of year brings huge marsh tides and it not just the height of the tide, it’s the speed at which it comes in that can catch you out.'

In trying to get to safety the group had been up to their waists in water before heading for the only piece of dry ground and called for help.

A similar incident took place near the wreck on Brancaster beach. Sixteen people had to be rescued in relays by the RNLI Hunstanton lifeboat hovercraft and that was the second one in two days.

*Did you know, more people drown out walking than are killed in swimming or sailing incidents? Be aware and respect the water. Around 170 people die around the coasts of Britain and Ireland every year. Don’t be one of them!*

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For further information please contact John Mitchell, Wells Lifeboat Press Officer on: 07831 103 166.


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