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23ft Cabin Cruiser with three people and dog on board in danger of capsizing

Lifeboats News Release

At 6.50pm on Friday 20 November, Humber Coastguard paged for the Wells Inshore Lifeboat to render assistance to a 23ft Seamaster pleasure boat that had got into difficulties off the coast of Wells and had contacted the emergency services as they were in danger of capsizing and sinking.


Volunteer crew members from Wells RNLI in the Inshore Lifeboat (photo taken before COVID-19).

The RNLI Wells D-class inshore lifeboat (ILB), the Peter Wilcox, launched at 7.08pm outside the boathouse on the first of the tide and proceeded to sea down the harbour channel. They located the casualty vessel to the east of the harbour cardinal mark and ascertained there were three persons onboard with a dog.

They said that they had previously tied up to the buoy waiting to come into Wells but when they did this, the boat started to yaw and roll in the seaway and take on water.

The lifeboat crew ascertained that the people onboard were all safe and the boat was not in danger of sinking and passed a tow at 7.50pm. They then proceeded inwards, passing over the bar into the safety of Wells Harbour and moored the craft in the Outer Harbour at 8.15pm where they were met by the Coastguard and emergency services team.

The ILB left the scene at 8.38pm and returned to the boathouse at 8.42pm. The ILB was re-housed, re-fuelled, sanitised and ready for service at 9.10pm

For any coastal emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Peter Rainsford, Chairman Wells Lifeboat Management Group and acting press officer, 07789 967 255 [email protected]

Jim Rice, Regional Media Manager for the North and East

07810 658072 | 01362 850076 | [email protected]

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