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RNLI Wells called to assist large group and several dogs cut off by the tide

Lifeboats News Release

Wells inshore lifeboat was tasked by HM Coastguard at 4.16pm on 30 April to assist a group of eight people and several dogs cut off on the high sand by the incoming tide on the west side of Wells Harbour entrance.

RNLI/Ray West

RNLI Wells head out to rescue walkers and their dogs

The inshore lifeboat launched at 4.27pm outside the boathouse and was on scene with the casualties at 4.34pm. The group had been clearly visible from the lifeboat station and some of the party had managed to wade to the safety of the main beach, leaving three people and three dogs on the high sands to be rescued.

The lifeboat crew found the remaining group all well and ferried them and their dogs to the safety of the shore on the west side of Wells beach at 4.42pm.

The inshore lifeboat then returned to Station at 4.46pm. It was sanitised, rehoused and refuelled and back on service again at 5pm.

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