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RNLI Wells lifeboat volunteers rescue four people cut off by the tide

Lifeboats News Release

At 2.41pm on Saturday 4 September, HM Coastguard tasked Wells volunteer inshore lifeboat crew to go to the assistance of four people cut off by the tide on the west side of Wells beach towards Holkham.

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Lifeboat crew head out towards the stranded casualties

The Wells Inshore lifeboat Peter Wilcox launched with a crew of three at 2.54pm from outside the boathouse, and headed down the harbour channel and out to sea towards the vicinity of the stranded casualties.

The four people were cut off from the beach on a disappearing spit of sand on the incoming tide. They were visible to a local fishing vessel which was standing by offshore, monitoring the situation.

The D class lifeboat arrived on scene at 2.59pm and quickly transferred the four people, all well and without injuries, into the lifeboat and then to the safety of the main beach.

At 3.12pm, with all four people safely ashore and requiring no further assistance, the lifeboat returned to the station.

The lifeboat was ashore outside the boathouse at 3.23pm. It was then sanitised, rehoused, refuelled and back on service again at 4pm.

RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Chris Hardy, said ‘I am very pleased there was a positive outcome this afternoon; however, this sort of situation can be avoided. When enjoying our beach and the surrounding area, it is important that people are aware of the tide times and always return back to the beach at least four hours before high tide to prevent being cut off.’

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Volunteer crew of three launch inshore lifeboat on the flooding tide

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Inshore lifeboat is launched to the rescue of people cut off by the tide

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