Wells RNLI lifeboat launched after numerous people cut off by the tide

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of the Wells-next-the-Sea RNLI lifeboat were paged at 2.09pm this afternoon (31 July) to reports of a man and a boy cut off by the tide on the east side of Wells Harbour on the incoming tide.

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The inshore lifeboat was launched with a crew of three outside the boathouse at 2:22pm. In the interim the casualties had been picked up by the harbour launch and returned to the shore – a further six persons were also bought to safety at this time.

The inshore lifeboat then proceeded up Sluice Creek in Wells Harbour following reports that persons had been sighted cut off by the tide. A thorough search was conducted up Sluice Creek and nobody requiring assistance was found.

The inshore lifeboat then proceeded to the outer harbour approaches as several people were in danger of being cut off by the tide on the west side of the harbour.

On reaching the outer sands on the west side, the inshore lifeboat bought two adults and a child to the safety of the main beach. A through search of the harbour approaches were then undertaken and no further people requiring assistance were sighted. The lifeboat returned to the boathouse at 3.15pm and was rehoused, refuelled and ready again for service at 3.30pm.

If you think that there is a possibility that someone could be in trouble in the water, do not hesitate, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. As a crew, we would much rather find someone safe and well, instead of not being paged for a potentially serious incident’.

Wells is always a popular attraction for visitors, particularly in the recent hot weather but knowing the dangers, and more importantly how to avoid them, will ensure that your visit to the coast is as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Visitors are advised to check the following things before heading to the coast:

· Check the tide times before you visit

· If entering the water, let someone know where you are going and the time you will return

· Always carry a means of contacting help

· If you find yourself in trouble at the coast, Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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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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