Wells Lifeboat launch to assist four visitors cut off by the tide
HM Coastguard paged Wells Lifeboat after the local Coastwatch team reported that four people were in danger of being cut off by the tide on the sands to the west side of Wells Harbour approaches on the incoming tide.
The crew were paged at 2:19 pm on Saturday, 8 February and the inshore lifeboat launched outside the boathouse at 2:30 pm. The lifeboat was on the scene at 2:35 pm and picked up four young women who were by this time above their knees in water.
The lifeboat then returned to the boathouse with the casualties on board, arriving back at the station at 2:43 pm.
At the lifeboat station the casualties were able to warm up as they all had very cold feet after the sea water came over the tops of their boots. When they had recovered and showed no signs of any other after affects, the coastguard took them back to their accommodation in the town.
The inshore lifeboat was rehoused, refuelled and ready again for service at 3.20 pm.
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