Wells RNLI rescues two people cut off in the marshes whilst fishing

Lifeboats News Release

Wells Inshore lifeboat was paged at 4:55 pm by Humber Coast Guard to rescue two persons who had gone onto the marshes between Wells and Stiffkey to fish but had miscalculated the time of highwater and had become cut off by the incoming tide.

Photo of the entire Wells RNLI team

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The Wells RNLI team (stock photo)

The Wells Inshore Lifeboat launched at 5.05 pm and proceeded toward the creek system via the main harbour channel. The lifeboat arrived on scene but was unable to locate the casualties at the last known position. The local Coastguard unit had also been paged and went to the Stiffkey vantage point and sighted the casualties who had moved to higher ground a considerable distance to the East of the reported position.

The Inshore Lifeboat proceeded to that position and sighted them at 5:40 pm. The crew had to wade through shallow water with the lifeboat to their high sands location and met with the casualties 5:55 pm.

One of the casualties had aggravated a previous leg injury by walking on the marshes and was unable to walk properly. On assessing the best course of action, it was decided to put the injured person on board the lifeboat in the shallow water.

At 6:10 pm the crew and the able casualty waded out to deeper water and, once fully afloat, the lifeboat returned to Wells from seaward, navigating via the main harbour channel before dropping the two men off safely at the Sailing Club slipway in the town at 6:40 pm.

The Lifeboat then returned to the Boathouse and was sanitised, refuelled and ready again for service at 8:00 pm.

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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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Key facts about the RNLI

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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