Wells RNLI go to the aid two persons stranded in the marshes

Lifeboats News Release

Wells Inshore Lifeboat was paged at 8:27pm by Humber Coastguard to a 999-call received from two persons cut off in the marshes between Stiffkey and Wells on a flooding spring tide.

RNLI/Adrian Underwood

The Inshore Lifeboat with a crew of three launched outside the Boathouse at 8:41pm and proceeded towards Cabbage Creek in the marshes – this being the last known position of the two persons.

The Inshore Lifeboat arrived on scene at 8:49pm and commenced a search of the creeks. The two persons could not be located and did not respond to the crew calling / flashing the boats handheld torches.

The coastguard team were at the local vantage point and could not sight the two persons either.

The coastguard took a further 999 call from the two persons and they advised that they had been forced to move in a North Westerly direction to get to higher ground – they also advised they were running low on the battery on their phone and not getting good reception .

At 8:53pm the Inshore Lifeboat put a crew member on the marshes to the South of the East Hills and he started a search on foot using a high-powered torch.

At 9:30pm after an extensive search on foot of the area the crew member on the marsh spotted the mobile phone light of the two missing persons, who were on the beach to the North side of the East Hills. At 9:35pm he met up with them and ascertained they were both well and not requiring any medical assistance.

The inshore Lifeboat went quickly to their location and picked them all up at 9.49pm and ferried them to the boathouse where they were met by the local Coastguard team.

The two persons then made it back to their car which was in Wells.

The inshore lifeboat was rehoused and refuelled and back on service at 10:20 pm

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Adrian Underwood, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Office for Wells-next-the-Sea RNLI Lifeboat Station on 07976 717304 or Adrian_Underwood@rnli.org.uk

Clare Hopps, RNLI Regional Media Officer for the North and East on (07824) 518641 clare_hopps@rnli.org.uk

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Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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