Wells lifeboat rescues five from Norfolk marshes
Wells inshore lifeboat was part of a multi-agency rescue of five people from Blakeney Marshes on Saturday 30 May.
The volunteer crew of three launched towards Blakeney Harbour at 10.46pm. The Coastguard, assisted by Police with a drone, located the missing persons at 11.33pm, crossing the marshes to the casualties, who by then had been on the marshes for 4-5 hours. Fortunately none required medical attention.
Unable to be taken off the marshes by sea as there was insufficient water in the creeks, the Coastguard team escorted the group off the marshes, walking them to safety.
At two minutes past midnight, the ILB was stood down by Humber Coastguard and returned to the boathouse, was cleaned down, sanitized and refuelled ready for service at 1.15am.
For more information please contact:
Chris Hardy, Wells Lifeboat Operations Manager, 01328 710774, 07770 927360
Adrian Underwood, Wells Lifeboat Deputy Press Officer, 07976 717304 firstname.lastname@example.org
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