RNLI Wells lifeboat rescue more people cut off by the tide despite warnings
Wells inshore lifeboat was tasked at 6.09pm by HM Coastguard on Bank Holiday Thursday, to go to the assistance of a group of three people and their two dogs, who were cut off on the high sand by the incoming tide on the west side of Wells Harbour entrance.
The volunteer lifeboat crew launched at 6.21pm outside the boathouse and proceeded toward the casualties. The inshore lifeboat was on scene at 6.25pm, the people and dogs being clearly visible from the lifeboat station.
The Lifeboat crew established that they were all well and ferried them back to the safety of the boathouse at 6.42pm.
With the party safely ashore, the inshore lifeboat was stood down, sanitised, rehoused, refuelled and back on service again at 7pm.
Whilst this launch was taking place two other people, also in the vicinity, waded back to the safety of the shore chest high in water in the flooding tide.
Lifeboat Operations Manager, Chris Hardy, said ‘this same area of sand is causing an issue time and time again. We are trying hard to get the message across to the public of the danger as the tide turns. The sea floods in very quickly into the channel behind it making it difficult to cross. Walkers should always check the tide times before they set out, so that they don’t find themselves cut off by the tide. They should make their way back to the main part of the beach at least 4 hours before high tide to avoid being cut off. A siren sounds on Wells beach to alert people that the tide is coming in'.
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