Wells lifeboat rescues capsized dinghy
Wells inshore lifeboat rescues two people after their dinghy capsizes at Burnham Overy harbour entrance.
UK Coastguard contacted Wells Lifeboat this morning (14 March) at 9:30 am when a dinghy with two people on board capsized in the entrance to Burnham Overy harbour. A support craft tried unsuccessfully to tow it to safety.
The inshore lifeboat took the two people on board and at the same time put a member of the crew on board the vessel which was heavily waterlogged and barely floating.
The lifeboat attempted to tow the dinghy back to Burnham Overy Staithe but as the tide was ebbing fast and with the boat heavily laden with water, progress was difficult so it was decided to leave the boat on the adjacent beach and take the casualties to the staithe as they were becoming very cold. The lifeboat landed the casualties safely into the care of the waiting coastguards who took them back to their local accommodation.
The lifeboat then returned to the dinghy which, by this time, was well up the beach. The crew bailed it out and secured it with an anchor for recovery on the following morning’s tide.
With the dinghy securely anchored the lifeboat left the scene and returned to the Wells boathouse arriving at 11:55 am and made ready again for service.
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