Wells inshore lifeboat launched to assist two people cut off by the tide
UK Coastguard paged Wells Lifeboat in response to a 999 call from two visitors to the coast who had become cut off on the incoming tide whilst walking on Stiffkey Marshes on the North-Norfolk coast.
The crew were paged at 4:00pm and the inshore lifeboat launched ten minutes later from the boathouse in Wells and headed towards Stiffkey, a few miles away.
A UK Coastguard Mobile Unit was also alerted and made contact with the two people from the landward side. They assisted in guiding the lifeboat toward the casualty’s position, which was made more difficult as the daylight was rapidly fading.
The inshore lifeboat arrived on scene shortly after four thirty and checked that the casualties did not require any medical assistance. The lifeboat then headed back, this time through the creeks, with the casualties on board and rendezvoused with the coastguard units waiting on shore.
Once the casualties were safely ashore the lifeboat was released and returned to the station to refuel and be made ready again for service at 5.30pm.
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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.