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Wells RNLI called out to group stranded on the saltmarsh by the spring tide

Lifeboats News Release

At 4.31pm today, Saturday 27 February 2021, in what was the first call out this year, the RNLI Wells Inshore Lifeboat D Class was tasked by H.M Coastguard to a report of individuals in the water at the East Quay, Wells-next-the-Sea.

Wells RNLI crew members in their D-Class lifeboat

RNLI/Laura Thomas

Wells RNLI

The local group of one adult, three children and a dog had been cut off by the tide and were attempting to cross the water from the saltmarsh where they were stranded as the end of daylight was approaching.

The coastguard paged for an immediate launch of the Wells Inshore Lifeboat ‘Peter Wilcox’. The lifeboat, with a crew of three, launched immediately and were on the scene within 18 minutes. On their arrival they found the group of individuals tired and wet and waiting for rescue on the marsh. The group had called 999 and asked for the coastguard as they had attempted to cross the creek, but the Spring tide was flooding in fast and they had to abort the attempt and return to the marshes.

The adult, three children and the dog were helped on board the lifeboat and dropped off at the safety of the shore at Cox’s slipway where the local coastguard team and Police were in attendance and waiting to see if they required any further help. The individuals were wet, cold and very muddy but otherwise uninjured and did not require medical assistance.

The Lifeboat Operations Manager, Chris Hardy, said “it is important for anyone wanting to enjoy a walk through the creeks and on the marsh to always check the tide times before venturing out; however, we are pleased that this rescue had a successful outcome.”

With all safely ashore, the Inshore Lifeboat was released at 5pm and returned to the station at 5.19pm. The Inshore Lifeboat was sanitised, rehoused and refuelled at 5.45pm


RNLI advice on beachgoers and water users is:

- Have a plan - check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage

- Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water

- Don’t allow your family to swim alone

- Don’t use inflatables

- If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and Float

- In an emergency dial 999, and ask for the Coastguard

Further RNLI information concerning the importance of weather and tide conditions can be found here :

Wells RNLI lifeboat crew on the water

RNLI/Laura Thomas

Wells RNLI

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