Wells RNLI go to the aid of a man cut off by the tide

Lifeboats News Release

Wells inshore lifeboat was paged at 4:06 pm by the UK Coastguard to launch and render assistance to a person stranded on high ground at ‘The Nod’ in Brancaster Harbour.


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The person had refused assistance from a number of boats in the harbour and indicated he was intending to wait a considerable period on the high ground until the tide had ebbed away and cross to Scolt Head. High Water was at 4:20 pm.

The inshore lifeboat with a crew of 3 launched outside the boathouse and proceeded towards Brancaster Harbour via Norton Creek. The weather was worsening as the afternoon progressed and the wind on launching was force 4 and increasing with a moderate sea running from the North East. The visibility was also deteriorating with mist patches.

The local coastguard team were also deployed and in attendance and were watching, from the local vantage point, the person cut off.

The lifeboat sighted the person and was alongside at 4:37pm and, on assessing the situation, the crew recommended that it was in the best interests of the person, given the weather and the person’s attire, that he returned to the safety of the shore in the lifeboat.

The lifeboat with the person dressed in suitable PPE and wearing a lifejacket left the scene at 4:50 pm and proceeded toward The Hard at Brancaster Staithe, where he was handed over to the local Coastguard unit.

With the person safely on shore, the lifeboat headed back to Wells harbour and was ashore at 5:55 pm and rehoused, sanitised and refuelled at 6:30 pm.

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