Three persons cut off in the marshes whilst fishing between Wells and Stiffkey

Lifeboats News Release

Wells Inshore Lifeboat was paged at 6:50pm on Thursday 17 September by Humber Coastguard to rescue three persons who had gone into the marshes to fish with a rod and line but had misjudged the height of the tide and became cut off by the incoming tide on high sand in the marsh system.

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Stock image of Wells RNLI lifeboats and crew.

The Wells Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was already afloat and was on exercise at the time they were pages and diverted immediately to the casualties’ indicated position. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 7:07pm and in conjunction with the local coastguard at the vantage point at Stiffkey, they were able to locate the casualties quickly.

At 7:22pm the ILB met with the persons cut off and ascertained they were all well and then started to transfer the casualties to the safety of the shore at Stiffkey Greenway. With the three casualties all safe and supported by the local coastguard team, the inshore lifeboat was released and returned to the boathouse through the creek system.

The lifeboat was then sanitised, refuelled and ready again for service at 9.00pm.

Please be aware that this was the second incident in a week to persons cut off by the tide whilst fishing on the high sands between Wells and Stiffkey. Going fishing at dusk on an incoming tide can put fishermen in danger. The RNLI recommends that before visiting the coast, you check the weather and tide times.

RNLI media contacts

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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