Walkers and their dogs ferried to safety from the tide by RNLI Wells Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Wells inshore lifeboat, Peter Wilcox, was tasked by HM Coastguard at 1.10pm on Saturday 12 March to assist a couple and their two dogs cut off by the tide, whilst walking on Scolt Head Island.

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RNLI Wells launch ILB to rescue walkers and their dogs from the rising tide

The couple had been enjoying the beautiful weather with their dogs and had decided to walk along Holkham beach. They crossed Overy harbour when the tide was out and then walked on towards Scolt Head Island. By the time they had realised that the rising tide had come in behind them, they were cut off from the mainland.

The crew of three launched outside the boathouse on high water and proceeded out of Wells Harbour towards Burnham Overy. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 1.23pm where they found the couple and their dogs. They did not require any medical assistance, so at 1.25pm the casualties were helped onboard the lifeboat. The group were ferried across Overy harbour channel and back to the safety of Holkham Beach at 1.40pm, where they were met by the local Coastguard team.

The inshore lifeboat then departed and returned to Wells Harbour, arriving safely back at the boathouse at 1.52pm. The lifeboat was sanitised, rehoused, refuelled and back on service again at 2.15pm.

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RNLI Wells lifeboat crew head out to Scolt Head Island to rescue walkers and their dogs from the rising tide

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